Matriarch
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    Matriarch

    Mater

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    Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France

    2019

    95 min

    • Croatian

    Drama

    In MATER, Jasna returns to her childhood home in order to care for her dying mother. Transplanted from her family life in Germany and caring for her own young children, she is called home to Croatia, where she finds herself enveloped in a very different and quickly suffocating environment. Stubborn, confrontational and perhaps even manipulative, Jasna’s mother does not make her daughter’s return easy. Jasna calls on family members, old friends and carers in an attempt to provide comfort in these final days. Instead, she realises that she must navigate a tangled web of grudges dating back to her own childhood, hoping to find a semblance of peace.

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    Cast
    Daria Lorenci-Flatz
    Neva Rošić
    Screenplay
    Jure Pavlović
    Cinematography
    Jana Plećaš
    Editing
    Jure Pavlović
    Dragan von Petrović
    Music
    Martin Semeničić
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    Jure Pavlović

    Jure Pavlović

    Croatia

    The goal of my cinematic ventures is to develop a style that does away with all the non-essential stylistical elements distracting the viewer, so they can truly dive into the emotional core of the movie.

    Born in 1985, Pavlović graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, Croatia with a degree in Directing. He took part in various international workshops such as the Berlinale Talents and Sarajevo Talent Campus amongst others. His short films have been screened and awarded at numerous international festivals such as the Berlinale and Clermont-Ferrand ISFF. His short film PICNIC (2015) won the European Film Academy Award (EFA) for the Best European Short Film in 2015. His first feature film MATER (2019) had its world premiere at the Black Nights FF in Tallinn, and won the Critics Award for Best Regional Film at IFF Belgrade FEST.

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