The Volta Cinema
Martin Turk
I – SLO, 2024, col. & b-w, 85’
Italian – Slovenian – English o.v.

World Premiere

In the Trieste of the beginning of the Twentieth century, four entrepreneurs decided to open Ireland’s first cinema, the Volta Cinema, guided by a then unknown teacher from Dublin: James Joyce. Today, two actors from Trieste, Danjiel Malalan and Nikla Petruška Panizon, bring to life the events and characters involved in this adventure.
Tribute to James Joyce: James, Giacomo, Jakob, Yakub

At the beginning of the twentieth century, a group of entrepreneurs (Antonio Machnich, Vincenzo Giuseppe Caris, Giovanni Rebez and Lorenzo Francesco Novak) from Trieste decided to open several cinemas in Trieste and then to go beyond the borders of the Empire. James Joyce, then a 20-year-old English teacher, was living in Trieste in those years. He was convinced that cinema could provide a good source of income and he came into contact with the businessmen in Trieste with the idea of opening a cinema in Dublin. The entrepreneurs accepted his proposal and Joyce travelled to Ireland to organise everything necessary. The first ‘picture house’ in Ireland, the Volta Cinema, opened on 20 December 1909.

“We all know James Joyce. Perhaps not everyone knows the people of Trieste who opened the Volta Cinema with him. That’s the point I started from to create this documentary. And I wanted to make a film that was extremely Triestine, that would be a tribute to my home town and the people involved in the Volta Cinema adventure.” (M. Turk)

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Martin Turk
liberamente ispirata al saggio omonimo di / freely inspired by the essay of the same title by Drago Jančar
Fotografia / Photography: Darko Herič
Montaggio / Editing: Beppe Leonetti
Musica / Music: August Braatz
Suono / Sound: Julij Zornik
Scenografia / Art Director: Elisabetta Ferrandino
Costumi / Costume Designer: Polonca Valentinčič
Interpreti / Cast: Danjiel Malalan, Nikla Petruška Panizon, Adriano Giraldi, Franko Korošec, Andrea Germani, Francesco Godina, Daniel Grimstone, Roisin Browne, Paolo Venier
Produzione / Produced by: Fabula d.o.o., Incipit Film Coproduzione /Co-produced by RTV Slovenija
Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Slovenian Film Center, Viba Film, Fondo Audiovisivo FVG, FVG Film Commission, MiC – Ministero della Cultura


Martin Turk
Film director and writer, Martin Turk was born in 1978 in Trieste, Italy. In 2004 he took his degree in film directing from the Ljubljana’s AGRFT. His short film Every Day Is Not the Same premiered in Cannes 2008 at the Directors’ Fortnight. In 2009, he developed the screenplay for his debut film Feed Me With Your Words at the Cannes’ Cinéfondation Residence. Since 2022 he has been an associate professor at the Art Academy of the University of Nova Gorica. The Trieste FF presented in 2010 his short film Stealing the Corn.

Selected filmography
2003 Izlet cm / sf 2006 Rezina življenja (A Slice of Life) cm; Premi / awards: Slovenian FF – Miglior cortometraggio / Best Short Film 2008 Vsakdan ni vsak dan (Every Day Is Not the Same) cm / sf 2009 Robutanje koruze (Stealing the Corn) cm / sf 2012 Nahrani me z besedami (Feed Me With Your Words) 2016 Dobro unovčeno popoldne (A Well Spent Afternoon) cm / sf 2018 Dobar dan za posao (A Good Day’s Work) 2019 Ne pozabi dihati (Don’t Forget to Breathe) 2022 Za vogalom (Around the Corner) cm / sf 2024 Kino Volta (Il Cinema Volta / The Volta Cinema) doc.

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