Cast & Crew
The celebration of the anniversary of Slovenian poet laureate Preseren calls for a strong occasional poem. The Ministry of Culture commissions poet Miha with the weighty task. Miha quickly sets aside his doubts about being the right man for the job after hearing of the 30,000 marks that go along with it. After his girlfriend walks out, student librarian Petra becomes the young poet's new muse, but even her efforts to pull the melancholy Miha out of his lethargy have no visible effect. His writer's block gets worse by the day, while the celebration draws unrelentingly nearer. The Ministry puts on the pressure and Miha's chance of a lifetime becomes his disgrace: he feels forced to put his name to idiotic doggerel quickly scribbled down by some clerk and looks towards the day of the celebration with something more than dread. Then a sudden flash of poetic, though hardly national, inspiration changes everything. After all, an ode is not the only form of poetry.
Feature directorial debut for Martin Srebotnjak.
Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (East of the West) July 5-14, 2001.