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Written and directed by Jure PAVLOVIĆ 

Fiction • 97 mn • 2019 

MÈRE ET FILLE_Les Films de l’œil sauvage


The feature-length debut from Jure Pavlović, whose acclaimed short ‘PICNIC’ won the European Film Academy Award (EFA) for the Best European short film in 2015, MATER is an intimate and unflinching portrayal of a complex Mother-Daughter relationship enduring it’s final days and hours.

In MATER, Jasna returns to her childhood home in order to care for her dying mother. Transplanted from her family life in Germany and caring for her own young children, she is called home to Croatia, where she finds herself enveloped in a very different and quickly suffocating environment. Stubborn, confrontational and perhaps even manipulative, Jasna’s mother does not make her daughter’s return easy. Jasna calls on family members, old friends and carers in an attempt to provide comfort in these final days. Instead, she realises that she must navigate a tangled web of grudges dating back to her own childhood, hoping to find a semblance of peace.

Produced by

NoviFilms (BH)

Wake Up Films (Serbie)

In coproduction with

Les Films de l’œil sauvage (France)

Sekvenca (Croatie)

With the support of 

CNC et Institut Français - Aide aux Cinémas du Monde

Centre Audiovisuel Croate (HAVC)

Fondation du Cinéma de Bosnie-Herzégovine

Centre du Cinéma Serbe

International sales


National distribution

Damned Films  (France) 

Festivals​ and awards

Tallinn Black Nights

La Rochelle IFF

St Jean de Luz FF - Meilleure actrice

Belgrade IFF - Meilleur film régional

Vilnius IFF

Mediterranean FF Split

Taormina FF - Prix de la Meilleure actrice

Bihac Avantura FF - Meilleur Film

Brac FF

Pula FF - Breza du Meilleur Premier Film, de la Meilleure actrice, de la meilleure photographie, du Meilleur design sonore

European FF Palic

Cinedays Skopje - Mention spéciale

Kinenova FF Skopje

Mostar FF 

Sao Paolo FF

DFI East by Southwest

Zagreb FF

Eastern Neighbors FF

20ème Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen de Bruxelles

Cottbus FF

Mojkovac FF - Meilleure actrice

Rab FF

Trebinje FF

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