Quit Staring at My Plate

You must be logged in to watch films on Festival Scope - this film may not be available for all users

Quit Staring at My Plate (Ne gledaj mi u pijat)

Directed by Hana Jušić

  • Croatia, Denmark 2016; 105 min
  • Original version: Croatian
  • Genre: Drama
    • Fedeora Award for Best European Film - Venice Days
    • Special Jury Mention - Warsaw FF
    • Best Director - Tokyo IFF
    • Best Actress (Mia Petričević) - Bratislava IFF
    • Special Mention - Zagreb FF
    • Best Film, Best Actress (Arijana Čulina) - IFF FEST, Belgrade
    • Special Mention (Mia Petricevic) - Sofia IFF
    • Croatian submission for the Academy Awards

Synopsis

Marijana’s life revolves around her family, whether she likes it or not. They live on top of one another in a tiny apartment, driving one another crazy. Then her controlling father has a stroke and is left completely bedridden, and Marijana takes his place as head of the clan. Soon, she is working two jobs to keep everything afloat, while her mother and disabled brother do their best to scupper the ship. Driven to the edge, Marijana finds comfort in seedy sex with random strangers; and this taste of freedom leaves her wanting more. But now that she has finally found freedom, what’s she meant to do with it?

Director's Statement

I grew up in the city of Sibenik, with its distinctive blend of Renaissance grandeur and post-industrial decay, in an environment very similar to the one depicted in the film. Although this film is far from being my personal story, all the characters are loosely based on my family, relatives, and neighbors. I have always felt that people are like warm little beasts - they need love and closeness, but they are often suffocating and cruel, especially to the ones they love. [...] The style of the film hovers between Rabelaisian grotesque and psychological realism - my characters are animalistic and quirky, but with emotional depth and real conflicts. On the one hand I have tried to avoid the pitfalls of a typical social melodrama; the story has a lot of dark humor and it is slightly twisted, but my characters are not flat caricatures, and I do not want the viewer to be emotionally detached from Marijana, nor for her family to resemble cartoon villains.

Production

  • KINORAMA

     

  • BEOFILM APS

     

  • HRT - CROATIAN TV

     

International Sales

  • NEW EUROPE FILM SALES

    Ewa Bojanowska