My Name is Janez Janša
by Janez Janša, SVN 2012, 67'
SCRIPT: Janez Janša, Janez Janša
with Dražen Dragojević
  MUSIC: Riccardo Nanni, Giancarlo Di Maria
FOOTAGE: Miona Bogović, Darko Herič, Ivana Kaurloto, Matjaž Mrak,  Janez Janša and Janez Janša   PRODUCER:
SOUND: Nataša Mušević, Marta Popivoda, Giusi Santoro, Jure Strajnar   LANGUAGE: Slovenian, English, Italian, Croatian, Serbian, French; subtitles: English and Italian
EDITING: Jurij Moškon, Giusi Santoro    

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte Film Festival 2013

In 2007, three artists decided to change their names. Each took the name of then-Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Janša. One of them is this film’s director. Starting from personal experience, the piece was developed in the form of a documentary-investigation.
Among various cinematographic references (from Spartacus by Stanley Kubrick, to Romeo e Giulietta by Franco Zeffirelli) and interviews with ordinary people, artists, historians and communication experts (such as Jan Fabre and Antonio Caronia), actor-narrator Dražen Dragojević guides us in a vast investigation on the value of a name, examining famous and lesser-known cases of homonymity and name-changes.
In particular, the film dwells on the links between one’s name, identity and persona, illustrating the absurd consequences of the "multiplication" of Janez Janša, such as the apparent disappearance of the biographical information of the three new Janšas, following the substition of their original names. Full of exhilarating scenes, My Name is Janez Janša ends with an unexpected coup de theatre.

Janez Janša
Janez Janša (1970) is a conceptual artist, performer and producer. His work has a strong social connotation and is characterized by an inter-media approach. He is co-founder and director of Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, a non-profit cultural institution based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Selected Filmography
2012: My Name is Janez Janša

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