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      Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (ENFF) began in The Netherlands in 2008 with the idea to offer Dutch and international audiences a unique glimpse into the cinema of their neighbors from Eastern and Southern Europe. This annual event presents the most recent, exciting, and thought‐provoking films, from countries with small, but often powerful film industries, that… Read more: New Talents Open Call
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DirectorJure Pavlovic
ProducerBojan Kanjera, Biljana Tutorov, Jure Pavlovic – Sekvenca; Wake Up Film & Video Production, Les Films de l’oeil sauvage, Udruzenje Novi film
WriterJure Pavlovic
CameraJana Plecas
EditorJure Pavlovic, Dragan Von Petrovic
CastDaria Lorenci-Flatz, Neva Rosic, Vera Zima
Original TitleMATER
Length95 min
CountryCroatia, Serbia, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina

A great debut by the Croatian director who made his name with a brilliant short film Picnic, the Best European short film at European Film Awards 2015 (screened also at ENFF). While in the short he tackled a father-son relationship, now he dwells into complex mother-daughter love-hate connection. The film has already won many major awards, as well as praise for Daria Lorenci-Flatz’s stunning performance.
The screening will be introduced by producer Biljana Tutorov. Dutch Premiere.


Jasna leaves her children and husband in Germany and returns to her small hometown in Croatia, in order to care for her dying mother. Now, as an adult, she has to deal again with a difficult relationship between mother and daughter burdened by a rigid tradition, family history and stubborn characters. The dynamic between parent and child is heavy on both of them and Jasna’s intention to do her best in the last days of mother’s life becomes a disturbing drama.

“After so many tyrannical patriarchs on film, the time has come – completely in line with Mediterranean tradition – to meet a tyrannical matriarch…” (Jurica Pavicic, Jutarnji list)