CODELLI

 
 
 Primož Bezjak
 
 

Biopic / Documentary, 2017
Directed by Miha Čelar
Produced by Astral d.o.o.

Codelli, Miha Čelar's feature-length film about inventor and pioneer film-maker Anton Codelli (1875-1954), offers a masterful performance by Primož Bezjak in the title role. It also features one of Silence's most elaborate soundtracks to date. The film's acted sequences, done in the style of a black-and-white silent film, feature nearly an hour of music.

The score was performed by pianist Igor Vićentić and cellist Igor Mitrović. The piano was recorded by sound engineer Davor Rocco at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. 

Codelli's life story is typical reality. That is to say, it sounds ridiculously far-fetched. He invented the lawnmower, devised a television set with a circular screen, equipped the Austro-Hungarian navy with a ship-to-shore radio, owned the first automobile in Ljubljana, gambled the car away on the French riviera, filmed a Tarzanesque adventure movie in Togo, erected a massive antenna array in the Togolese jungle ... and destroyed the structure to prevent it falling into the hands of the advancing French army. Yet despite his remarkably cinematic life and impressive achievements, Codelli remains a relatively unknown figure.

The premiere screening took place on September 16 2017 at the 20th Slovene Film Festival.