Rolanda Rebrek

Scriptwriter

Born:

1971, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Education: 

English Language and Literature, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Place of Residence:

Berlin (Germany), Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Writes in Languages:

Slovenian, English, Serbo-Croatian

Biography

Rolanda Rebrek was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is working as translator and writing screenplays.

Currently, she is working on the development of her next feature project ECHOES that is to be directed by Blaž Kutin.

Sample of previous work

Projects in development

PLAVALKA / SWIMMER

feature film
developed script

Unable to face her mother’s likely death, 18-year-old Julia runs from her sheltered life to a Croatian island to seek out her father she has never met, only to discover his tragic family history left him living in isolation and hatred. After being pulled in his strange world of self-imprisonment, she tries to rescue him and finally faces her biggest fear.

Attached to the project: no partners attached
Looking for: director, producer

Keywords: swimming, sea, island, fear, coming-of-age, isolation, WWII, family curse, hatred, cruelty, history, identity, lost love, sleep-walking, loneliness, abandonment, father-daughter relationship, magical realism

DRUŽINSKI IZLET / FAMILY TRIP

feature film
first draft of the script

On a particular weekend, a broken family of four ends up on the same lake, and through a series of adventures and misadventures, separate from one another, they each face their inner world of regrets, dilemmas, fears and desires. At the end, the only thing they can do together is to go for an ice cream.

Attached to the project: no partners attached
Looking for: director, producer

Keywords: family, lake, broken dreams, utopia, autism, hitchhiking, little red riding hood, wolf, hunter, musician, divorce, prostitution, alcoholism, adventure, escapism

RAKETA / THE ROCKET

short fiction-animated
developed script

One day, an elderly couple leaves their stale everyday routine to go for a walk through their desolate and poisonous alternate-reality environment. When they suddenly come across a space rocket, their walk turns into an unexpected adventure.

Attached to the project: no partners attached
Looking for: director, producer

Keywords: rocket, alternate-reality, poisonous environment, empty streets, gas masks, stale marriage, passive-aggresiveness, emptiness, lost communication, boredom, adventure, space

More from Projects

Filmography and Awards

2011 WARM FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR, short film by Blaž Kutin, co-writer 
2008 WE’VE NEVER BEEN TO VENICE, feature film by Blaž Kutin, co-writer/co-producer – Cape Town & Winelands FF: Special Mention

My five favourite films

  1. Le grande bellezza (2013)
    by Paolo Sorrentino
  2. Stalker (1979)
    by Andrei Tarkovsky
  3. Don’t Look Now (1973)
    by Nicholas Roeg
  4. Get Carter (1971)
    by Mike Hodges
  5. The Life of Brian (1979)
    by Terry Jones

Favourite scene I wrote

EXT. VILLAGE BY THE SEA – DAY 59
In heavy downpour, Ivo and Julia come riding through a small village by the sea near Ivo’s bay.
The whole tiny village port is alarmed because the boats were pulled from their anchors and are being swept out to open sea.
The local men are jumping in the water after the boats in their clothes, battling with big waves and heavy wind. Women, some children and older villagers are standing on the edge, shouting excitedly and trying to help.
Ivo stops the horse and jumps down.
Without hesitation he jumps in the water and swims to a boat that is already quite far away. He manages to catch it and pulls it back to the pier, where the locals are already waiting for it, and swims right back to help the others.
Julia is looking at him from the saddle, her face beaming with pride.
The men gradually catch all the boats and tie them back again. The villagers standing on the shore help them out of the water, welcoming them like heroes and tapping them on their backs.
But no one helps Ivo, they don’t even look at him. Julia jumps from the horse and helps him out of the water. Ivo grimly goes back to his horse.
Julia looks at the villagers and sees the Fisherman among them. He is looking at her as if he was seeing her for the first time, then he turns his back to her and joins the other men going to the tavern where the rescuers are being welcomed
with brandy.
Julia looks at her father sitting on the horse, staring ahead.
          JULIA
Why don’t they like you?
          IVO
     (spitefully)
Because I don’t like them.
He looks at Julia and extends his hand. Julia takes it and he pulls her up on the horse.
She looks at the villagers who ignore them while the two of them slowly ride away through an empty village street, and then disappear around the corner.

My favourite film quote

“Who are you? Who are you? Who are you? Who are you? Who are you? Who are you? Who are you? Who are you? Who are you?”

The Last Wave (1977)