Family Meals

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  • 2012
  • 50'
  • digibeta, HDCAM
  • color
  • Orig. Title: Nije ti život pjesma Havaja

Five years after they last gathered, a birthday celebration brings together an estranged Croatian middle-class family. Over a series of breakfasts and lunches, long-buried family secrets rise to the surface as they try to talk about the things that really matter to them. Over the course of the film, the family tackles their feelings about being raised as hippies, homosexuality, illness, war, cooking, and the mysterious Grandmother Poison. Budisavljević’s film delivers precise storytelling, rich in twists and turns, to paint a heartfelt portrait of a family facing the challenges of turbulent times, spiced with love, tears and a glass of wine.

Director
Dana Budisavljević
Screenplay
Dana Budisavljević
Cinematography
Ana Opalić, Tamara Cesarec, Eva Kraljević
Editing
Marko Ferković, Dana Budisavljević
Music
Christian Biegai
Sound Design
Dubravka Premar, Gordan Fučkar
Producers
Olinka Vištica, Sophie De Hijes
Production
Hulahop
World Sales
Taskovski Films Ltd.

Dana Budisavljević (1975) graduated from the department of film and tv editing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She has worked as an editor, director and producer on creative documentary films and tv series, including the international festival success Straight A’s (2004). In 2005, she was a co-founder, with Nenad Puhovski, of the ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival. In 2006, she founded the Hulahop Film and Art Production together with her fellow producer Olinka Vištica.

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