BOLES is a multi-awarded puppet animation short directed by Špela Čadež. The screenplay, written by Grega Zorc and Špela Čadež, is based on Maxim Gorky’s short story “Her Lover”. The direction of photography is by Michael Jörg and the music by Tomaz Grom. For the full credits click here.

Filip lives in a poor neighbourhood. He dreams of writer’s glory and luxurious lifestyle in a more prosperous part of town. One day Filip gets a knock on the door. His neighbour Tereza, an older prostitute that Filip tries to avoid by all means, asks him to write a letter for her fiancé. Filip agrees. And it would all end up fine if a week later Tereza would not show up at his doorstep again, asking him to write an answer to the previous letter.

Špela Čadež was born in Slovenia. After graduating in Graphic Design in 2002, she continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany. During her studies, she made two puppet animations that gained international recognition; Mate to Measure, (2004) and Lovesick, (2007). Since 2008 Špela Čadež has been working as an independent animation film director and producer. Her latest film, Boles, has been screened worldwide, receiving 50 awards, distinctions and nominations.

Maxim Gorky wrote “Her Lover”, a satire about social life and relationships, human loneliness and lack of communication in 1917.

All images © Špela Čadež / BOLES Stills

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