Sretan rođendan, Marija

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  • 2010
  • 15'
  • digibeta
  • color
  • Orig. Title: Sretan rođendan, Marija

An unexpectedly late start to her morning throws all of Marija’s plans for her birthday into disarray… When her daughter calls to the apartment, she brings a surprise present – a puppy looking for a new home. This in turn triggers tension, and ultimately results in a fight between Marija and her husband. A fight that is perhaps unplanned; but is not unexpected, because even happy families have an expiry date… Happy birthday Marija!

Director
Ivana Škrabalo
Screenplay
Ivana Škrabalo, Jasna Žmak
Cinematography
Marko Brdar
Cast
Jagoda Kaloper Tajder, Mustafa Nadarević, Dijana Vidušin
Producer
Tiha Klara Gudac
Production
Kult film
Co-production
In Fine

Ivana Škrabalo (1980) trained as an architect and as a film director, and is actively working in both fields. Her student films have appeared in competition at a number of international festivals in Croatia, and won awards at the Croatian student film festival frka. Happy Birthday Marija is her first professional short film.

Selected Filmography – Ivana Škrabalo (1980)

  • Happy Birthday, Marija (2011) – short fiction
  • Stolen (2007) – short fiction
  • Mom (2007) – short fiction

Croatian film catalogue