A big family reunion at the weekend cottage around traditional food preparation ”kotlovina” – quaintly amusing and earnest situations revealing what is stronger: ties of blood or culture and the way of living.
Mimi, a forty-something widow from Australia comes to Croatia for the first time after she left as a little girl. She wants to visit her two elder sisters and to meet other members of yet unknown family.
Her sister’s stepson Jacob, a young man in his twenties, met her at the airport and they hit the road towards the village where the family is eagerly expecting Mimi. But the trip turned to an adventure; Mimi and Jacob got involved in a love affair.
Upon arrival, where all family members are gathered around traditional food preparation called “kotlovina”, it is impossible for Mimi and Jacob to hide their involvement. Sister Ana, Jacob’s stepmother, is reacting emotionally and angrily, but even other family members cannot suppress a variety of reactions. Thus, all assembled around “kotlovina”, we encounter a gallery of characters having different believes, moral judgments and dubious political opinions.
MELITA JURIŠIĆ, IGOR KOVAČ, MIRELA BREKALO POPOVIĆ, DRAŠKO ZIDAR, SUZANA NIKOLIĆ, IVICA JONČIĆ, BORIS BUZANČIĆ, BRUNA BEBIĆ, GORAN NAVOJEC, NADA SUBOTIĆ, ANJA ŠOVAGOVIĆ, FILIP KRIŽAN, HRVOJE ZALAR, ISKRA JIRSAK, MIRELA VIDEK, TENA TADIĆ, LUKA SUŠIĆ
Running time: 120 min
Production year: 2011
Country of production: Croatia
Original language: Croatian and English
Format: HD, colour, Dolby Digital®
Produced by KORUGVA Film in association with Croatian Television
DIRECTED BY TOMISLAV RADIĆ
Tomislav Radić is one of the most known Croatian film, TV and theatre directors. Radić graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb in 1973. He directed numerous theatre plays, as well as over forty TV-plays and documentaries for Croatian Television where he was Head of Drama Department from 1997 to 2000. From 1978 to 1997 he was a tutor at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Department of Acting; from 1981 to 1985 he was Dean of the same Academy.
His internationally awarded feature films include “The Living Truth” (1971), “The Harbour” (1973), “What Iva Recoded on October 21st, 2003” (2005), “Three Stories About Sleeplessness” (2008) and “Kotlovina” (2011).
KOTLOVINA is nationally the most awarded feature-length film in 2011:
Awards of the 58th Pula Film Festival, July 2011
Grand Golden Arena for Best Film
Golden Arena for Best Screenplay
Golden Arena for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Arena for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Golden Arena for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Special Golden Arena for Sound
Awards of the 5th Vukovar FF, August 2011
Best film by the audience
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