Croatian Film Wins Big at the Venice International Film Festival

Daniela Rogulj

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The film “Quit Staring at My Plate” (Ne gledaj mi u pijat) by director Hana Jušić won the prestigious Fedeora award for Best European Film in the program “Venice Days” (Giornate degli autori) at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.

After what seems to be an already stellar year for Croatian films around the globe (let’s not forget the Grand Prix for “Ustav Republike Hrvatske” at the Montreal World Film Festival), Croatians can add another notch to their winning belt with the most recent award for “Quit Staring at My Plate” at the Venice Film Festival.


The prestigious award was presented at a ceremony which was held on Friday, the penultimate day of the Venetian Mostra, in the garden “Venice Days”. The award was received by Hana Jušić and the film’s producer Ankica Jurić Tilić.


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Actress Mia Petričević and director Hana Jušić by Ne gledaj mi u pijat Facebook


The Fedeora Association was founded in 2010 in Cannes. Each year the Fedeora Association presents awards at several major European festivals.


“The fact that the film was even included in the program of this festival has surpassed all my expectations, and the critics award for best European film really is an unexpected bonus. Ever since we came back from Venice, someone has constantly kept asking me, like my grandmother, among others, if there will be a prize, and for us the participation alone was great. Now we of course are very pleased with the award, because we finally have a positive answer to this question – it is an important recognition for our work,” said director Hana Jušić.


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“Quit Staring at My Plate” is a film about growing up and the many types of family relationships that exist. The heroine of the film is Marijana (Mia Petričević), whose daily life revolves around her family, whether she likes it or not. Marijana’s dominant father Lazo (Zlatko Burić) has a stroke and is left completely bedridden. Marijana is then forced take his place as the head of the household, as her mother Vjera (Arijana Čulina) and disabled brother (Nikša Butijer) don’t seem to be much of a help. Marijana works two jobs in order to manage, but when everything is too much, she finds comfort in the affection of strangers.


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