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My Name is Janez Janša

A proper name is a word that answers the purpose of showing what thing it is that we are talking about but not of telling anything about it”. (John Stuart Mill in A System of Logic (1. ii. 5.))

A name. Everybody has one. Individuals, artists and academics from all over the world share their thoughts about the meaning and purpose of one’s name from both private and public perspectives. The problem of homonymy and other reasons for changing one’s name are explored as the film draws references from history, popular culture and individual experiences, leading us to the case of a name change that caused a stir in the small country of Slovenia and beyond.

In 2007 three artists joined the conservative Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and officially changed their names to that of the leader of that party, the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša. While they renamed themselves for personal reasons, the boundaries between their lives and their art began to merge in numerous and unforeseen ways.
Signified as an artistic gesture, this particular name change provoked a wide range of interpretations in art circles both in Slovenia and abroad, as well as among journalists and the general public.

The documentary features a great deal of internationally known names, among them UBERMORGEN.COM, Vuk Ćosić, Franco and Eva Mattes, Jan Fabre, Stephen Kovats, Tim Etchells, Vaginal Davis, Mladen Dolar, and, last but not least… Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša.

Formats used in the documentary range from HDV to Beta, miniDV, Internet videos and low-resolution clips recorded with cell phones. Shooting strategies vary from professional recordings to hidden cameras since the footage includes unpublished material, the making-of and backstage shots of some of the artistic actions carried out by the three artists, interviews, reports and clips from televisions’ archives and interviews, statements and scenes recorded ad hoc for the documentary.

Technical sheet:
HD / 68 min / Color / Sound 5.1 / 2012 / Slovenia

Web page of the film: http://www.mynameisjanezjansa.com/


Director: Janez Janša
Story: Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša
Screenplay: Janez Janša, Janez Janša
Producer: Marcela Okretič
With: Dražen Dragojević in the role of Dražen Dragojević
Interviewers: Dražen Dragojević, Janez Janša, Janez Janša
Director of Photography: Darko Herič, Matjaž Mrak
Editors: Jurij Moškon, Giusi Santoro
Graphic Designer: Luka Umek
Composers: Riccardo Nanni, Giancarlo Di Maria
Set Designer: Janez Janša
Costume Designer: Nina Jagodic


Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Co-Production: RTV Slovenia, Institute Maska
Associated producer: POPCult (IT), Emotionfilm, ARTREBEL9 / Teleking
Financial support: Slovenian Film Center
Technical support: Viba Film, Ljubljana
International Distribution: Taskovski Films
Media sponsors: Neural, Radio Študent, Mladina

Full credits → PDF

The idea for this documentary sprang from a personal experience. In 2007, I legally changed my name, together with two other Slovenian artists, to Janez Janša. Janez Janša was the Prime Minister of Slovenia at the time and suddenly there were more Janez Janšas acting together within the same physical and media space. The system of reference of names started to crack…
This made me reflect on issues such as identity vs identification, multiplicity vs multiplication, the name as an interface between the private and the public, and the personal name as a brand.
Director's Statement

I have dealt with these and many other questions in numerous lectures/presentations at various universities and museums around the world. On these occasions, I started discovering dramaturgical possibilities of the story that I was telling and constantly reshaping, amending with regard to the audiences’ responses. The draft for the script of the film My Name Is Janez Jansa was thus the result of a series of direct interactions with the audience. The theatrical piece “The more of us there are, faster we’ll reach our goal” served as a study for the script as well.
— 30-09-2012 : My Name is Janez Janša
Avditorij Portorož
15th Festival of Slovenian Film

— 18-10-2012 : My Name is Janez Janša
Art-Cinema Grič, Jurišićeva 6, Zagreb, Croatia
Art-Cinema Grič

— 18-10-2012 : My Name is Janez Janša
Art-cinema Grič, Jurišićeva 6, Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb Film Festival

— 19-10-2012 : My Name is Janez Janša
Dokukino KIC, preradovićeva 5, Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb Film Festival

— 21-10-2012 : My Name is Janez Janša
Museum of Contemporary Art, Avenija Dubrovnik 17, Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb Film Festival

— 10-11-2012 : My Name is Janez Janša
Cankarjev dom - Linhart Hall (Ljubljana)
23rd Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe)

— 16-11-2012 : My Name is Janez Janša
Kinodvor, Ljubljana
23rd Ljubljana Internationa Film Festival (LIFFe)

— 17-11-2012 : Jaz sem Janez Janše
Kinodvor, Ljubljana
Aksioma & Konodvor

— 17-11-2012 : Jaz sem Janez Janše
Kinodvor, Ljubljana
Aksioma & Konodvor

— 28-11-2012 : Jaz sem Janez Janša
DRUGajanje Festival / Udarnik Cinema, Maribor
Maska Ljubljana, Bunker

— 02-02-2013 : My Name is Janez Janša
HKW K1, transmediale, Berlin, Germany
transmediale festival, Berlin, Germany

— 02-03-2013 : My Name is Janez Janša
Kinodvor, Ljubljana

— 07-03-2013 : My Name is Janez Janša
Kinodvor, Ljubljana

— 19-03-2013 : My Name is Janez Janša
Bleck Box Theatre, Oslo (Norway)
Oslo International Theatre Festva 2013

— 06-10-2013 : My Name is Janez Janša
Kinodvor, Ljubljana
Konodvor & Zavod Aksioma