THE POET WITH A GUN

Original title: Pesnik s puško

Cast: Ivo Ban, Vlado Novak, Lara Janković, Dunja Zupanec,  Maistrova Mica
Set design: Rene Maurin and David Orešič
Light design: David Orešič
Original music: Dejan Vidovič

Photo: David Orešič

PROTOCOL OF REPUBLIC SLOVENIA, 2006

 

The dualism of a nobler past. A general, soothing the violent reminiscence of his trade with a gentle pastoral of natural existence. A strophe of calm, louder than grenades.

Victorious battles in a war lost on paper and a forced early retirement rendered the generals live meaningless and void. Retreating to poetry and countryside life, in a Slavic tradition, was his attempt to rise above the mundane, letting him forget the history he almost succeeded to shape.

We remember soldiers by heroic battles, we measure their merit in square miles spanning under our flags. He measured his by the modest yet sincere verses he coined, by the villagers he took care of and the oblivion he temporarily touched. Is a little poet is greater than a big general?