Although Slovenian feature production has dwindled due to government cutbacks, helmer Damjan Kozole, has kept busy with documentaries since his 2009 drama “Slovenian Girl.” In the poignant historical investigation “The Long Vacation,” he focuses on three individuals to personalize the effects of a controversial law legislated when Slovenia proclaimed independence in 1991. Residents from the other Yugoslav republics were given six months to renounce their citizenship and apply for Slovenian papers; those who failed to do so (some 20,000) were erased from the civil register in February 1992 without prior notice. Human rights fests should take note.
The articulate subjects include Aleksandar Jovanovic (the pic’s composer), who was 13 when his mother took the family to Serbia for vacation, a move entailing 20 years of effort for her son to be recognized as Slovenian; Nisveta Lovec, who chose to keep her Bosnian citizenship, unaware of the problems this would create for her and her family; and Katarina Kecek, daughter of a military officer, who lost her parents, apartment and documents as a Slovenian college student. Spiced with archival footage, the clean assembly makes this tale of discrimination loud and clear.