Safe Place | TAIFAS

Directed by Juraj Lerotić

Starring: Snježana Sinovčić-Šiškov, Goran Markovic, Juraj Lerotic

Drama - Croatia - 2022 - 1h43min

Spoken in Croatian, subtitled in English and Romanian

A traumatic event creates a rift in the family's everyday life. Their lives change fundamentally, as if they are waging a war that is invisible to everyone else. The source of the story is autobiographical, it is addressed in the film and highlighted by the fact that the author/director plays himself. Set largely in the administrative offices and high-rise apartments of Zagreb and Split, the film shows the fraught interactions between two adult brothers (Damir and Bruno, the latter played by Lerotić) and their mother, beginning from a moment of crisis: Damir's suicide attempt.

"Writer, director and actor Juraj Lerotić uses a heartbreaking personal experience as the starting point for this poignant debut, orchestrated with the surest of hands. " (Guy Lodge, Variety)


Locarno Film Festival (Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role in the Cineasti del presente section, Best Debut Film in all competitions), Sarajevo Film Festival (Best Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role), Pula Film Festival (Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Cinematography), Selected for the European Film Awards, Croatia's Nomination for the Oscars 2023

The project is part of the national cultural programme "Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in 2023" and is funded through the European Echoes Timișoara 2023 programme, implemented by the Center for Projects Timișoara, with funds allocated from the state budget, through the budget of the Ministry of Culture.

Organised in partnership with the Municipality of Timișoara through the Project Centre.

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