Erased

  • Feature
  • 2019
  • 86 Minutes
  • Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia
  • Language: Slovene

Ana gives birth at the local hospital and everything goes well. There is only a small problem with the paperwork – her file is not on the computer. A temporary loss of data seems to be caused by a software glitch, nothing to worry about. Within a few days, Ana is entangled in a web of bureaucracy of Kafkaesque proportions: not being in the computer means no social security, no permanent address and no baby. She is brutally forced to leave a newborn girl alone at the hospital without any right to visit her until everything is sorted out. All of a sudden Ana is a foreigner, even though she has lived in Slovenia all of her life. Legally, she doesn’t exist. So, her child is an orphan. And orphans are put up for adoption.

Director: Miha Mazzini

Screenwriter: Miha Mazzini

Production Company: Delirium, Gustav Film, Kinorama, Pakt Media

Premier Status: Asian Premiere


Film Critic

A woman who dosen’t want to be invisible

Mohsen Azarm

Mohsen Azarm

Erased is a 2018 feature film that tells the story of Ana who gives birth at the local hospital in Slovenia. Everything goes well except for one small problem, the paperwork – her file is not on the computer. A temporary loss of data seems to be caused by a software glitch, nothing to worry about. Within a few days, Ana is entangled in a web of bureaucracy of Kafkaesque proportions: not being in the computer means no social security, no permanent address and no baby. She is brutally forced to leave a newborn girl alone at the hospital without any right to visit her until everything is sorted out. All of a sudden Ana is a foreigner, even though she has lived in Slovenia all of her life. Legally, she doesn’t exist. So, her child is an orphan. And orphans are put up for adoption. The film looks at over 25,000 people who were erased in 1992 by the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Slovenia for being born outside of Slovenia, yet in the states that once were part of Yugoslavia. The majority of this population still hasn’t been able to regain their legal status.


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Awards

2018: Slovene Film Festival, Best Actress, Best Music, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Winner, Slovenia

2018: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia

2018: Belgrade International Film Festival, The Best Script Award, Winner, Serbia

2019: Trieste Film Festival, Best Feature Film, Nominated, Italy


Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Miha Mazzini

Producer: Frenk Celarc

DOP / Camera: Dušan Joksimović

Editor: Tomislav Pavlic

Music: Jura Ferina, Pavle Miholjević

Sound: Borut Berden

Production Designer: Matjaz Pavlovec

Cast: Judita Frankovic, Sebastian Cavazza, Izudin Bajrovic, Doroteja Nadrah, Silva Cusin


Director

Miha Mazzini

Miha Mazzini (born 1961 in Jesenice, Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian writer, screenwriter and film director with thirty published books, translated in ten languages. He possesses a PhD in anthropology from the Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis and has MA in Creative Writing for Film and Television at The University of Sheffield. He is a Voting member of the European Film Academy.

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