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Nightlife

(Nocno zivljenje)
Slovenia/Macedonia/Bosnia and Herzegovina 2016. Dir: Damjan Kozole. 85 min. DCP

Acclaimed Slovenian auteur Damjan Kozole (subject of a Cinematheque retrospective in 2005) was awarded Best Director at Karlovy Vary for this taut, chilling, noir-minded thriller, the writer-director’s long-awaited fiction follow-up to 2009’s A Call Girl. When a high-profile attorney is found naked, mutilated, and barely conscious in what appears to have been a savage dog attack, his traumatized wife (Pia Zemljic, in a powerhouse performance) resolves to discover the truth and, in damage-control mode, minimize the media frenzy. The film, full of moral corruption and mounting speculation, is based on a shockingly real 2010 Slovenian scandal, in which a well-connected doctor was discovered in similar macabre circumstances. “Haunted and haunting, atmospheric and absorbing” (Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter). In Slovenian with English subtitles.