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Beanie Kapa

Slobodan Maksimović / Slovenia, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Croatia / 2022 / 86 min / Slovene / 6+

Christmas is that time of year when your most secret wishes can come true. A boy who has nothing and a girl who has everything are full of expectations in Slovenia’s first Christmas movie.


Erik is a nine-year-old boy, living in a youth home because of his problematic parents. He never parts from his beanie. When he's feeling particularly low, he pulls it right over his nose. Because the cap was knitted by his mother. Life in the home is not easy for Erik, a quiet and reserved boy who tends to get bullied by a gang of older boys. His only wish is to go home for Christmas. Instead, he gets to spend the holiday with a wealthy family and their seven-year-old daughter Lučka, who wishes for a puppy and a sister. In the middle of the night, Erik and Lučka encounter Santa in the family’s living room. Full of hopes, they hide in his car. They embark on an extraordinary adventure…

Slobodan Maksimović
A director and screenwriter born in 1975 in Sarajevo. His feature debut, Hvala za Sunderland, won the 2012 Vesna Award for Best Slovenian Film, and his second feature-length film, Nika, garnered widespread praise. He also directs successful TV series, most notably Mame and Primeri inšpektorja Vrenka.

filmography (selection)
2012 Hvala za Sunderland
2015 Tehnika ljudstvu (doc.)
2016 Nika
2017–2018 Mame (TV series)
2021 Primeri inšpektorja Vrenka (TV series)
2022 Kapa (The Beanie)

“Working with Kaja and Gaj was a one-of-a-kind experience for me. At the beginning of the shoot, I saw them as talented kids and now, when we’ve wrapped the movie, I consider them great actors and good friends. I enjoyed their sincerity, incredible acting skills and stamina every day. While the schedule was adjusted for child actors, the monthslong filming can prove quite strenuous even for experienced professionals."
- Slobodan Maksimović

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