Lina Eržen

Scriptwriter

Born:

18.01.1984, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Education: 

M.A. in English language and literature and in Journalism, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Place of Residence:

Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Writes in Languages:

Slovenian, English, Serbian

Biography

Because she has always wanted to imagine what it is like in everyone else’s shoes, Lina Eržen spent much of her primary and high school years acting in amateur theatre groups. After finishing high school she, nevertheless, believed that she wants to dedicate her life to journalism. She still works as a journalist, but a couple of years ago she started studying how to write film scripts. Then she attended a film seminar organised by a Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities for a year.

Sample of previous work

Projects in development

OTROK / A CHILD

short fiction
developed script

A child is a story about a young woman, who starts to realise that her dreams may not be entirely her own. Are they still worth following?

Attached to the project: director
Looking for: producer

Keywordschildren, family, love, dreams, disillusionment, career, art, support

More from Projects

Filmography and Awards

2017 DAY PASSES, MORNING BEGINS, short film, writer/director – Festival of amateur and independent film, Šmarje pri Jelšah, Slovenia: Jury prize

My five favourite films

  1. Annie Hall (1977)
    by Woody Allen
  2. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
    by Steven Soderbergh
  3. The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
    by Krzysztof Kieslowski
  4. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    by Wes Anderson
  5. Lost in Translation (2003)
    by Sofia Coppola

Favourite scene I wrote

INT. MARKO’S STUDIO – EVENING
Ruta came with the dog and Marko strokes it. They both seem a bit embarrassed.
MARKO
(he gets up)
I have dreamed that you will come
with me exactly eight times …
that I can remember.
Ruta nods.
Beat. They are both still looking at the dog.
RUTA
I did have an abortion.
Beat.
MARKO
What about your mother?
Ruta smiles slightly.
RUTA
She is happy because they are going
to publish my book.
Beat.
MARKO
Fuck.
(beat)
Sorry.
They both still keep looking more at the dog than themselves.
RUTA
It’s good for you – that you are
going.
Marko nods.
Beat.
He then touches her hand awkwardly, but gently.
MARKO
I think we should celebrate the
book.
He is doing what he feels is right and Ruta smiles at that.
RUTA
I think we should.
MARKO
I’ll go and get champagne. It’s
your first book, doll.
Ruta kind of smiles again and Marko turns away in order to go and get the bottle. But she calls his name and he looks towards her again.
RUTA
Don’t call me doll.
She takes a crumpled pack of cigarettes from her pocket, choosing one … Marko doesn’t seem to react, but before he turns to leave again …
MARKO
I think dogs can go to South
America.
Now she doesn’t seem to react, she just stands and looks at him with an unlit cigarette in her hand.
When he leaves, she smiles and looks at the dog who is lying peacefully. She sits next to it and finally lights herself the cigarette she has been holding.
She smokes.
RUTA
(serious)
I don’t think I should drink.
She looks at the dog who lies unaware of what it means to be in inner turmoil. Ruta smiles at that, strokes it, continues to smoke …

My favourite film quote

“A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.”


Annie Hall (1977)