PLAYING MEN is a documentary essay about the relationships among Mediterranean men and their games. The film takes the form of a travelogue across Croatia, Italy, Slovenia and Turkey, and examines men, young and old, who come together like their ancestors did – to play games. During filming, however, the director suddenly faces a serious creative crisis and turns the camera on himself, turning the film into a playful homage to absurdity. (films.sff.ba)
Matjaž Ivanišin (1981, Slovenia) was educated in film at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana. Since his graduation in 2007, he has worked as a freelance filmmaker. His student film QUICK VIEW (2005) won several awards. He received the France Brenk award for his debut feature-length documentary KARPOTROTTER (2013). Ivanišin’s second feature-length documentary PLAYING MEN (2017) was selected for Belfort, where it won the Cine + Distribution Support Award.