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  • 2011
  • 72'
  • digibeta
  • color, black & white
  • black comedy
  • debut feature

Three sisters are desperate to escape from their family home in rural Croatia. They want to get away from their passive father and overbearing mother, who is feuding with the next-door neighbour over land ownership. The story is partly told from the point of view of the neighbour, who paints the family as a bunch of whores, weirdos, thieves and sadists. We realize that everything we have seen so far is a story within a story, being shot by a film crew on a farm somewhere in Croatia. The conditions on the film set are terrible, and so-called reality and fiction start merging in a veritable carnival of the grotesque.

Ivan Livaković
Ivan Livaković
Daniel Ruljančić
Maida Srabović
Production Design
Ivan Livaković, Daniel Ruljančić, Katarina Pilić
Costume Design
Katarina Pilić
Sound Design
Ivan Mihoci
Marina Redžepović, Ana Maras, Iva Mihalić, Jadranka Matković, Ljerka Boroša, Goran Bogdan, Miloš Vujsić, Josip Belovarić
Mirta Puhlovski
Akademija dramske umjetnosti (ADU)

Ivan Livaković (1982) graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb with a BA in film and tv directing and an MA in motion picture directing. He is enrolled in the doctoral programme in film, theatre, literature and cultural studies at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zagreb University. During his time as a student he directed a feature-length graduation film, 10 short films, four documentaries, several commercials and one TV play. In 2009 he won the best young director award at the Days of Croatian Film for his short film Dirty Little Bubbles. It was selected for official competition at the 2010 Hannover Up and Coming Film Festival. In 2009 his short film Harakiri Children – the first Croatian film to depict a gay male relationship – represented the Academy of Dramatic Art at the CILECT Prize Competition, and was shown at the national film festival in Pula.

Croatian film catalogue

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