Marija's Own

Director: Željka Suková

Croatia, Documentary, comedy, 2011, 62 min
Three girls organise a private party to honour the memory of their grandmother, who died six years ago. Along with various friends and neighbours, the Czech electro band Midi Lidi is also invited – a bunch of unknowns as far as the other guests are concerned. In such varied company, there’s no chance of the dead woman’s tribute descending into sentimental cliche. Reminiscences are complemented with dancing, singing and even a competition to come up with the best decoration for grandma’s tombstone. Željka Sukova’s semi-improvised debut as a director hovers on the border between documentary and feature film. The highly personal themes, which are revealed by excerpts from amateur family videos and family albums, here takes the form of some kind of reality show whose aim is not to dishonour the deceased but, on the contrary, to seek the most sincere aspects of remembrances.
2011 – Fedeora (Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean) award at the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic).
About the director:
Željka Suková was born in 1977 in Rijeka, Croatia. She studied graphic art in Zagreb and new media at Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts. “Marija’s Own” is her first feature film. Apart from directing films, she is also involved in film producing.
Section: Identity

Screenplay: Željka Suková

Dir. of Photography: Aleš Suk

Music: Midi Lidi

Cast: Nina Violić, Željka Suková, Mila Čuljak, Danira Violić