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Quit Staring at My Plate

DirectorHana Jusic
ProducerAnkica Juric Tilic – Kinorama; Beofilm, Hrvatska radiotelevizija
WriterHana Jusic
CastMia Petricevic, Zlatko Buric, Arijana Culina, Niksa Butijer, Karla Brbic, Bruna Bebic-Tudor, Marijana Mikulic
EditorJan Klemsche
CameraJana Plecay
SoundRoar Skau Olsen
Screening5 November 2017 | 20:00 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
8 November 2017 | 19:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Length105 min
SectionNEW VOICES – feature length films

Winner of more than 20 awards, including the FEDEORA Prize for the Best European Film at Venice FF and directed by one of the finest, new voices of Croatian cinema in the last decade. A naturalistic, dark humored story of a young woman who finds new taste of freedom after her controlling father has a stroke.


Marijana’s life revolves around her family, whether she likes it or not. When her dominant father falls seriously ill, she takes over his role as the head of the family, taking care of her irresponsible mother and mentally disabled brother. The new power constellation allows her to explore her sexuality and inner strength and gives her a taste of freedom. An impressive directorial debut by Croatian director and screenwriter Hana Jusic who points out: ‘’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. And they behave worst of all towards the rest of their pack, which is, in human terms, their family.’’

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Venice IFF, Venice Days 2016 – FEDEORA Award for Best European Film | Warsaw FF, 2016 – Special Mention | Tokyo IFF, 2016 – Best Director | Valladolid IFF, Seminci 2016 – Best Feature Film | Zagreb FF, 2016 – Special Mention | Bratislava IFF, 2016 – Best Actress | FEST Belgrade 2017 – Best Film, Best Actress, FIPRESCI Award | Vilnius IFF, 2017 – Best Actress | Sofia IFF, 2017 – Special Mention (Mia Petricevic) | goEast, Wiesbaden 2017 – Jury Honorable Mention | Crossing Europe FF, Linz 2017 – Best Fiction Film | Pula FF, 2017 – Best Directing, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, Oktavijan Award, Best Croatian Feature Film given by Young Cinephiles Jury | Academy Awards, 2017 – Croatian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film