Yugoslavian/Slovenian filmmaker Bostjan Hladnik started out directing amateur films and went on to make a name for himself with several highly acclaimed short subjects. Hladnik's early-'60s features, Ples v Dezki/Dance in the Rain (1961) and Pesceni Grad/Sand Castle (1962), influenced the course of his country's cinema. In 1957, Hladnik moved to Paris to apprentice under such French filmmakers as Claude Chabrol, Phillipe de Broca, and Robert Siodmak following his graduation from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Ljubljan. Upon his return to Yugoslavia in 1961, Hladnik helmed his first feature film, Ples v Dezki. He made the bulk of his features during the '60s and '70s.