by Andrea Štaka
(Fiction, Switzerland/Croatia, 2020, 84’, C, Fr ST) with Marija Škaričić, Goran Navojec, Mateusz Kościukiewicz
Mare has never flown before, even though she lives with her husband and three teenage children on the edge of the airport. She loves her family, even though they sometimes get on her nerves. Mare longs for a job of her own and more independence. Her husband is her childhood sweetheart, but when a younger man moves into the neighborhood one day, Mare crosses a line.
“I want to create women who feel real, who are complicated, desirable, vulnerable and funny. It is important to me to be honest when I work and that means accepting my weaknesses instead of ignoring them. I also carry two countries, two souls within me – one is rational and rigid, the other passionate and emotional. I have explored this conflict in DAS FRAULEIN and CURE – THE LIFE OF ANOTHER.”
“Motherhood is often still reduced to the image of the happy, fulfilled, giving woman. The image of the independent and lustful mother with a life of her own is very slow in becoming established. There is room for both facets of motherhood and I think they are justified. Family is “everything”, but you yourself are also “everything”. I always think, this time I’m making a film about something completely different! But in the end it’s all about identity, about who you are, where you belong, who you want to be.” Andrea Štaka