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STORY

In Europe, Ural owls inhabit two areas. In the south there’s the Dinaric-Carpathian population, and in the north, the Fennoscandian population. However, these birds are also distributed over a large part of northern Asia, all the way to Japan.

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Very rarely, one sees »melanistic« ones, with entirely black plumage. These are found only in southern populations, in the Dinaric Alps and in the Carpathians. In Slovenia, 5 to 10 percent of the owls are black.

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The Ural owl is extremely protective and thus very aggressive during the nesting season. It fiercely attacks any intruder trying to reach its chicks. It is not afraid of wild cats or martens, or even much larger intruders like bears or humans.

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If researchers want to determine the paths of the chicks more precisely during their independence, they use GPS trackers. This way, they can precisely track their route when searching for their own territory after leaving the nest.

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In winter-time, especially young individuals wander into areas where food is relatively abundant. This includes non-forest areas, particularly settlements where can hunt rats, pigeons, and the like, seeking easy prey.

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Other birds are very hostile towards Ural owl, just as they are towards other owls. Crows and magpies, in particular, do not let it rest.

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The Ural owl became extinct in Austria. Reasons were people’s superstitions and the lack of suitable habitat. The resettlement of the Ural owl in Austria began in 2009. When a certain animal species goes extinct, it is extremely difficult to reintroduce it. It is always easier to act sooner rather than later.


TRAILER

The film FEARLESS QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, which takes place over a period of just over a year, provides the viewer with an exceptional insight into the lives of several Ural owl specimens. It intertwines and relates to human factors that, in one way or another, influence or coincide with the animal stories.

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FEARLESS QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

Film is a dynamic natural science research story about the Ural owl (Strix uralensis). It is an interweaving display of its life, interactions with other animal species, humans, and the scientific study of the species. In film we will get to know the mysterious life of one of the largest European owls, which is extremely aggressive during the nesting season. It will also showcase activities in which humans are actively involved - rehabilitation of injured specimens in shelter for wild animals, breeding and resettlement of the Ural owl in Austria, the effects of deforestation, an unusual encounter with the Ural owl in an urban environment, interesting hunting story…. Documentary will gradually uncover the very unusual daytime and nighttime behavior of the species and at the same time get acquainted with the latest scientific findings of Slovene biologist dr. Al Vrezec, one of the world’s foremost experts on Ural owls.

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SCREENWRITER

Matej Vranič

Marjan Žiberna

DIRECTOR AND CINEMATOGRAPHER

Matej Vranič

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Karmen Skornšek

PRODUCER

Matej Vranič

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Karmen Skornšek

CAMERA

Matej Vranič

Jernej Župevc

Miran Krapež

Rožle Bregar

Jure Novak

JOURNALIST

Marjan Žiberna

Tina Felicijan

ARCHIVE FOOTAGE

Matej Vranič

Miran Krapež

Janez Sterle

ARCHIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Domen Stanič

UL, Veterinarska fakulteta

VIR (Giovanni Antonio Scopoli)

Dissertatio de diaeta litteratorum, Istituto editoriale Cisalpino-La Goliardica

VIR (Fran Erjavec / Giovanni Antonio Scopoli)

material is stored in the National and University Library

SOUND ENGINEER

Matej Vranič

Karmen Skornšek

Tadej Gorzeti

FOLEY ARTIST

Matej Vranič

ARCHIVE SOUND RECORDINGS

Lars Edenius

PON5

SOUND DESIGNER

Studio Ritem

Matej Vranič

MUSIC

Leon Firšt

EDITING AND COLOR GRADING

Matej Vranič (film)

Matej Nahtigal (napovednik)

ANIMATIONS AND VISUAL EFFECTSI

Jernej Župevc

Matej Nahtigal

ILLUSTRATIONS

Matevž Urbančnik

GRAPHICS

Mirsad Burgić

TEXT

Marjan Žiberna

PROOFREADING

Aleksandra Kocmut

Michael Manske

TRANSLATION

Tatjana Milovanović

NARRATOR

Jure Longyka (slovenski film)

Michael Manske (angleški film)

DUBBING

Tatjana Milovanović

Dave Ryan

Chris Wherry

SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

doc. dr. Al Vrezec

PRODUCTION

Fotokom

CO-PRODUCTION

RTV Slovenija

Nacionalni inštitut za biologijo

FILM CO-FINANCED BY

Slovenian Film Center

FEARLESS QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

Documentary film

TEHNICAL DATA

Full HD 1080p

color 25fps

stereo sound
Matej Vranič

Matej Vranič

drew inspiration for film stories from his own experience during the years of observation and monitoring many pairs of owl in nature. He built credibility on the data obtained from hunters, nature conservationists and top biologists.
PRODUCTION
CO-PRODUCTION

FILM CO-FINANCED BY

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