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Croatia | 2016 | 105 minutes | Hana Jušic

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After her controlling father becomes ill, it falls to a young Croatian woman to care for her insensitive family, sending her on a journey of self-awareness and sexual awakening in this realist, feminist drama from first-time writer/director Hana Jušic.

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In this raw Croatian drama, domesticity is seen as a prison for teenage Marijana, who lives in a tiny, over-cluttered home with her tough-as-nails father, captious mother, and mentally stunted older brother. When her father suffers a stroke and enters a coma, their routine—albeit dysfunctional—is dramatically altered. He lies, unresponsive and undisturbed, in the only bedroom, while Marijana, her mother, and her brother practically pile atop each other in front of the living room's television night after night. With the fall of the family patriarch comes not only discomfort, but new responsibility for Marijana, who must now work to pay for her family's well-being while her mother starts taking day trips to the seaside and her brother brings the neighborhood kids to stare and poke at their comatose father. Marijana's recent forced independence brings a sudden and unexpected appreciation of her sexuality, an eagerness to be the object of desire for any man who crosses her path, and a new thirst for control. Hana Jušic's debut feature is a gritty and realistic drama, peppered with dark humor. Its moody tone is emphasized by Jana Plecaš' beautiful cinematography and an unsettling electronic score by Hrvoje Niksic.

Director Biography

Hana Jušic obtained MA degree in film and tv directing at Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She also graduated in comparative literature and English language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2007 and she enrolled in the Postgraduate Doctor's Study of Literature and Film. So far, she has written and directed several short fiction and documentary films which have been shown to a student, but also at some prominent European festivals. She has directed short films "Zimica" ('The Chill") (international premiere in competition at Oberhousen festival), "Mušice, krpelji, pcele" ("Gnats, Ticks and Bees"), for which she has received Oktavijan award and the Jelena Rajkovic award and "'Terarij" ("Terrarium"), for which she received Oktavijan award for fiction film and Golden Pram award at Zagreb Film Festival. Her latest short "Da je kuca dobra i vuk bi je imao"("No Wolf Has a House") was screened in Rotterdam and awarded Best Film at London Short Film Festival 2016. She has written the script for feature film Zagonetni djecak (The Mysterious Boy), directed by Dražen Žarkovic.

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  • Director: Hana Jušic
  • Principal Cast: Mia Petricevic, Nikša Butijer, Arijana Culina, Zlatko Buric
  • Premiere Status: U.S.
  • Country: Croatia, Denmark
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Producer: Ankica Juric Tilic
  • Screenplay: Hana Jušic
  • Cinematographers: Jana Plecaš
  • Editors: Jan Klemsche
  • Music: Hrvoje Niksic
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Tokyo Film Festival 2016 (Award for Best Director), Venice Film Festival 2016 (Best European Film)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Croatian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: New Europe Film Sales