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Synopsis

In 2007 Mehmedalija Alić, a Slovenian miner of Bosnian origin, was sent out to break open a closed mine and to inspect what’s in it. After having risked his life under extremely dangerous conditions for two years, he eventually discovered a hidden mass grave containing bodies of four thousand war refugees who have been killed after the Second World War. The discovery of the massacre was a severe shock for the Slovenian society. The miner however was seen as “dispensable” when he insisted that the victims must be brought out of the mine, identified and buried decently. Hanna Slak helped Mehmedalija Alić write down his story. His autobiography A Nobody was published in 2013 and immediately became a bestseller. The director finally adapted the book into her film The Miner, a fictional narration about the miner and his family, his insistence on finding out the truth, and his pursuit of social justice. Hanna Slak was especially fascinated by her hero’s sense of decency and his simple humanism, which bring light to what has been a dirty secret for decades. 

Guests

Leon Lučev

Leon Lučev

Actor Men Don't Cry, Ivan and The Miner
Master Class On Acting
In Vienna: April 13-21

Moderator

Mina Palada

Mina Palada

Moderator Film Programme

Susanne Sommerer

Susanne Sommerer

Moderator Film Programme

The Miner

Original Title

Rudar

Director

Hanna Slak

Script

Hanna Slak

Actors

Leon Lučev, Marina Redžepović, Zala Đurić

Genre

Feature film

Category

Slovenia in Focus

Country

Germany, Slovenia

Year

2017

Language

Slovenian, Bosnian with Engl. sub.

Running time

102 min.

Distribution/Contact

Slovenian Film Centre

Dates

Tuesday 17.04.

20:30 Artis International 3

Wednesday 18.04.

20:45 Artis International 3