First Feature Competition


Drama, Social Issues
World Premiere


Director: Jure Pavlović
Country: Croatia, Serbia, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:33
Language: German, Croatian
Producer: Bojan Kanjera, Jure Pavlovic, Biljana Tutorov
Screenwriter: Jure Pavlovic
DoP: Jana Plecas
Editor: Dragan von Petrovic
Cast: Daria Lorenci, Neva Rosic, Vera Zima, Anka Vuckovic, Marijo Jurkovic
Production: Sekvenca


Croatian filmmaker Jure Pavlović is known for his short films that were screened and awarded in acclaimed film festivals while his latest, Picnic won the 2015 EFA for the Best European Short Film.

Jasna (Daria Lorenc-Flatz) returns from Germany to her Croatian hometown due to her mother’s, Anka (Neva Rošić), deteriorated health who suffers from a life-threatening cancer. Jasna aims to quickly take care of her hospitalization and then leave, but a sudden event will extend her stay since Anka, is now bedridden and immobile. As days pass, Jasna will find herself constrained in the place she once escaped forever from, her house, and with the person she has a toxic relationship with, her despotic mother. Facing the death’s proximity, Jasna has either to forgive or confront Anka for their haunted past.

Pavlović creates a compelling portrait of two women that have always been distanced, but must coexist, maybe for the last time. With the camera constantly focused on Jasna, the story follows all her anxious moments through continuous single shots that intensify her internal struggles while Anka is still controlling everything from the background. Mater is a compelling study on human relationships, so realistic and vividly emotional that will immensely affect any viewer.

Vassilis Economou


Jure Pavlović ·          (b. 1985) graduated directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, Croatia. He took part in various international workshops like Berlinale Talents, Sarajevo Talent Campus, Sources 2, etc. His short films were screened and awarded on numerous international festivals such as Berlinale and Clermont-Ferrand. His short film "Picnic" (2015) won the European Film Academy Award (EFA) for the Best European short film in 2015. "Mater" is his fiction feature debut.
Director's filmography: Mater (2019)

Thu, November 21, 2019


Kino Sõprus, Tallinn

Screening code: 070904
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Q&A guests: Jure Pavlovic, Benjamin Mercui, Biljana Tutorov, Daria Lorenci-Flatz, Latica Friedrich
Screening duration: 02:03
Language: German, Croatian

Sun, November 24, 2019


Elektriteater, Tartu

Screening code: 101802
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Screening duration: 01:33
Language: German, Croatian

Fri, November 29, 2019


Apollo Kino Solaris, Saal 5, Tallinn

Screening code: 151301
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Screening duration: 01:33
Language: German, Croatian






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