International Competition


Stories from the Chestnut Woods

In a decaying forest on the Yugoslav-Italian border in the years after World War II, a stingy, old carpenter and a lonely, young chestnut seller share imaginative memories of the past as they weigh fateful decisions for the future, in this touching homage to a lost way of life.

Japanese Premiere

Screening Dates, Times, and Venues

Guest Talk Session After Screening


Director:Gregor Božič

  • Slovenia
  • 2018
  • 82min
  • Color
  • DCP
  • Italian, Slovenian
  • JPN & ENG Sub.

Writer: Gregor Božič, Marina GUMZI | Main Casts: Massimo De Francovich, Ivana Roščić, Giusi Merli, Tomi Janežič, Anita Kravos, Nataša Keser, Janja Majzelj, Matija Solce, Marko Brecelj | Producer(s): Marina GUMZI | Cinematographer: Ferran Paredes Rubio | Sound: Jan Vysocky, Julij Zornik | Editor: Gregor Božič, Benjamin Mirguet, Giuseppe Leonetti

World Premiere : Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Born in 1984 in Nova Gorica, a Slovenian town on the border with Italy, He studied directing at film schools in Slovenia, Rome and Berlin. While working as a film director and DP, he worked with the director Matjaž Ivanišin (Playing Men, and Oroslan). Gregor is also a passionate researcher of Mediterranean pomology.

Director’s Statement

This story draws inspiration from the Valli del Natisone border region between Italy and Slovenia. We’ve tried to transmit the spirit of the region that for centuries was prone to political instabilities and migrations. We wanted to create a fable-like parable about life and death in forgotten places, with a soft and distant memory.