Director's Statement

The film Landscape No. 2 builds on the realisation that unresolved past, personal or national, leaves its mark and keeps coming back. However, its returning is a burden for the generations which have nothing to do with the past of their fathers and grandfathers and which even remain untouched by the issue.

The film is a story of the post-war executions of Nazi collaborators, who were even supported by the Catholic Church in their treason.Other nations also have to cope with similar stories. Yet perhaps it is not so very traumatic for them – after all, the extrajudicial executions of the traitors in Slovenia are related to the long communist rule. The stories of massacred quislings keep returning into the European consciousness and we still have not undergone a catharsis, which would finally put the traumatic events into the archives of history. Today's united Europe is also shocked by mass grave sites, discovered after the terrible Balkans slaughter in the 1990s. Europe is full of concealed graves, which are often the cause of various, also political, manipulations.

The untold and unreflected past and the sins of our forefathers haunt us, especially now that the various histories of different nations are being brought together in a common European history.

The guilt of the fathers falls on their children.

That is what is tragic about our time.

We live in the times when the blind Oedipus still roves among us.

— Vinko Möderndorfer