Regional Competition

Playing Men

Matjaž Ivanišin
Screening time  
28.02. / Wednesday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 2  
01.03. / Thursday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 4  
02.03. / Friday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
04.03. / Sunday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 5  
"Playing Men" is an essay documentary about Mediterranean men, depicted through their games and relationships

Everybody knows that playing is serious business. Director Matjaž Ivanišin knows this too, so he takes us to a strictly male world. We get to see men hitting punching balls at a funfair, clinching each other roughly until the shoulders of the opponent touch the ground, trying to excel at throwing heavy rounds of cheese through the narrow streets of villages, competing at shouting out numbers obtained by adding up their raised fingers, etc. Be it noble sports or tavern hobbies, peaceful leisure activities or amusements infused with barely contained violence, sometimes the games seem incongruous at times and all of them clearly have a touch of archaism about them. Does this mean that the film is just an inventory of manly representations and their ancient roots in these remote corners of the Mediterranean? One could think so, but then the director suddenly appears on screen, visibly tired of trying to make sense of it all, and ready to turn the tables. He then changes tack, gets rid of conventional documentary descriptions, and focuses instead on comedy and its surprises.


Matjaž Ivanišin

Matjaž Ivanišin is born in 1981 in Maribor, Slovenia. He studied film directing at the Slovene national film school (AGRFT) in Ljubljana. Since his graduation in 2007, he has been working as a freelance filmmaker. Karpotrotter (2013) is an experimental road-movie, homage to the iconic Yugoslav black-wave director Karpo Godina. His first feature length documentary film Playing Men premiered in the competition of FID Marseille in 2017.

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Playing Men

Slovenia, Croatia
2017, 60'

Directed by:
Matjaž Ivanišin

Screenplay by:
Matjaž Ivanišin

Gregor Božić

Edited by:
Matic Drakulić

Marina Nosorogi, Vanja Jambrović, Tibor Keser

Produced by:
Nosorogi, Restart

Festivals & Awards:

FID Marseille 2017 – Georges De Beauregard International Prize; Pančevo Film Festival 2017 – Special Mention; Festival of Slovenian Film 2017 – Best Documentary Film; Sarajevo Film Festival 2017; Entrevues Belfort International Film Festival 2017