Scen.: Branko Vučićević, Karpo Godina. F., M.: Karpo Godina. Mus.: Emile Waldteufel. Int.: Brooke Hayward, Branko Milicević, Catherine Rouvel, Dobrila Stojnić, Srdjan Zelenović. Prod.: Neoplanta Film. 35mm. D.: 15’. Col.
The 1972 Belgrade Film Festival was the place to be. Godina assembled a motley crew of international and domestic festival guests: Tinto Brass, Puriša Đorđević, Miloš Forman, Buck Henry, Dušan Makavejev, Paul Morrisey, Bogdan Tirnanić, and Frederick Wiseman. Every night after the official festival screenings and talks, they went to a tiny apartment with a 35mm camera fixed in a corner. Godina challenged each of his celebrated guests to create a short film, following a set of simple rules: one room, one camera position, no zooms, tilts or pans, a couple of minutes each. And in every short the words “I Miss Sonia Henie”, a famous quote from the Snoopy cartoons, had to be voiced. The rest was left entirely to individual imaginations. The result: I Miss Sonia Henie (1972), a conceptual masterpiece of absurdist black humour, seven distinctively different variations on a ludicrous theme, a cinephile’s wet dreams. The restoration of these significant short films has been completed in the same year in which the Slovenian Cinematheque celebrates its 20th meaningful year of existence.
Da: Slovenska kinoteka.
Restored in 2016 in 3K by Slovenska Kinoteka in collaboration with Österreichisches Filmmuseum from the 35mm original camera picture negative and optical soundtrack negative preserved at Jugoslovenska Kinoteka. Additional reference materials were provided by the films archives of the Republic of Slovenia. Image restoration by Österreichisches Filmmuseum. Sound restoration by L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory