I SAW ELVIS!

Original title: Videl sem Elvisa!

Elvis is Oskar Trobec
Director of photography: Željko Ivančič
Editor: Marko Berlan
Original music: Sebastijan Duh
Executive producer: Marko Pöschl

RTV SLOVENIJA, 1999

Oskar Trobec is, first of all, Elvis Presley. The rest of his trades include a butcher, stamping guitars into his burgers, making Elvis’s wine and acting like a King on his Graceland estate, up in the Slovene hills where the roads end.

Can a documentary film portrait rest upon comic storytelling? What is the impact of a real persona on the perception of comedy? Is it possible to avoid mockery while pairing comedy with reality and uncovering sadness lurking behind each situation we laugh at?

We took Elvis to places he belongs to. From casino to recording studio, where, despite his absolute lack of English or vocal skills, he recorded Are You Lonesome Tonight. He plays his game with a zest and conviction even a child would hardly achieve. The cross-dressing parade of a local butcher into a global idol raises mixed feelings. From cynical laughter to a sad lament which lurks behind his life, surrounded by people who don't always understand his honest games of admiration.