France Štiglič

France Štiglič

France Štiglič is Slovenian movie director and screenwriter, who was born on November 12th, 1919 in Kranj, he died on May 4th, 1993 in Ljubljana. He was also NLS partisan and journalist, in Ljubljana, he studied law. After the war, he was among the leading organizers of the movie industry in Slovenia. He worked in political and cultural life and occupied high political functions, among others he was Minister of Culture. He taught film directing on ATRFT (Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film, and Television). He was nominated for Oscar for the best foreign-language movie, for movie Ninth circle (si. Deveti krog).

He was the founder of modern Slovenian film production and director, who still today has the most extensive opus among all Slovenian movie filmmakers. He is considered as the foundation stone of institutional film production in Slovenia, which starts with the establishment of Triglav film in the year 1946 and with the production of Newsreels, he is one hundred percent filmmaker. He is known as the doyen of Slovenian feature film and Slovenian film pioneer.

In the year 1948, France Štiglič records the first Slovenian feature film after the Second World War with the title On our own land (si. Na svoji zemlji). The film was for the first time shown on November 21st, 1946 in Ljubljana, it was watched by 400,000 viewers. The story is about a struggle of partisans and civilian inhabitants in the Littoral region for liberation from under 25 years of occupation by Italy.


  • On our own land, 1948 (si. Na svoji zemlji)
  • Trieste, 1951 (si. Trst)
  • Ravenous night, 1955 (si. Volčja noč)
  • Valley of peace, 1956 (si. Dolina miru)
  • Visa of evil, 1959 (si. Viza zla)
  • Ninth circle, 1960 (si. Deveti krog)
  • A ballad about the trumpet and the cloud, 1961 (si. Balada o trobenti in oblaku)
  • That beautiful day, 1962 (si. Tistega lepega dne)
  • Don’t cry, Peter, 1964 (si. Ne joči, Peter)
  • Amandus, 1966 (si. Amandus)
  • Shepherds, 1973 (si. Pastirci)
  • The story about good people, 1975 (si. Povest o dobrih ljudeh)
  • Celebrating spring, 1978 (si. Praznovanje pomladi)
  • Cheerful hosting, 1984 (si. Veselo gostivanje)


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The movie On our own land is the first Slovenian sound full-length feature film, which was for the first time played on November 21st 1948 in Ljubljana. It is a war movie, filmed in year 1947 and 1948 in black-white technique. The story talks about a struggle of Partisans and civil residents on Primorska. [_Read more_]

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The movie titled ”Ne joči, Peter” is a Slovenian war movie, released on November 17th 1964, director of which is France Štiglic. The movie talks about honorable assignment of two Partisan combat engineers. Their task is to take three war orphan children away from dangerous area to the liberation land. [_Read more_]

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Baška grapa is 30 kilometers long valley of river Bača, which is trapped between Lower Bohinj mountains (si. Spodnje Bohinjske gore) on the north and Porezen, Kojca and Šentvid mountain and Cerkno hills on the south. Ridges around Baška grapa do not exceed 2000 meters. [_Read more_]

Grahovo ob Bači
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Koritnica is a smaller settlement on the right bank of river Bača in municipality Tolmin and one of six settlements, which are located at the bottom of Baška grapa. The settlement was one of the locations of the shooting of movie On our own land. Koritnica is attested in written sources in 1377 as Coritinicha. [_Read more_]

Rudi Bašelj
Rudi Bašelj was a Slovenian NLS fighter, combat engineer and saboteur, who was born on April 18th, 1918 in Pušnik – Bukovski vrh, he died on December 6th, 1979 in Koritnica. In November 1943 he joins partisans, when he returned from the Italian army after the their capitulation. [_Read more_]