73rd Venice International Film Festival: Hana Jusic debut film wins FEDEORA Best European Film Award

Hana Juši?’s debut feature film ‘Quit Staring at My Plate’ has won the FEDEORA Best European Film Award in the Author Days event, held as part of the the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.

Quit Staring at My Plate is a film about growing up and family relations. The main protagonist is Marijana Petkovic whose daily life revolves exclusively around her family. The Petkovic family live, literally, on top of one another in a tiny flat, driving one another crazy. Then her controlling father Lazo 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 Vjera and disabled brother Zoran do their best to scupper the ship. Driven to the edge, Marijana finds comfort in sex with random strangers; and this taste of freedom leaves her wanting more.

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Hana Jusic, who both wrote and directed the film, has made a number of notable short films which have been screened at numerous film festivals (Chill, Terrarium, No Wolf Has a House…). Quit Staring at My Plate was filmed in the autumn of 2015 in Sibenik. In the project phase it was developed at workshops including Torino Film Lab, Script & Pitch and Framework, while in the post-production phase it was introduced in the Work in Progress program at the renowned co-production forum Les Arcs Coproduction Village.

Hana Jusic obtained a degree in film and TV directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. She also graduated in comparative literature and English language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has written and directed several short films and documentaries which have been shown at film schools as well as international festivals. Her short film Chill premiered at the Oberhausen Festival. The award-winning films Gnats, Ticks and Bees and Terrarium were followed by the short No Wolf Has a House, which screened at Rotterdam and was awarded Best Film at the London Short Film Festival 2016.

Film was produced by Zagreb-based company Kinorama; in co-production with Beofilm (Denmark) and Croatian Radio Television with the support of Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Danish Film Institute and Eurimages.

FEDEORA is the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean. It is constituted of individual professional film critics from European and Mediterranean countries. (source: Hina)

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