European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022
European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022

Mare

by Andrea Štaka

(Fiction, Switzerland/Croatia, 2020, 84’, C, Fr ST) with Marija Škaričić, Goran Navojec, Mateusz Kościukiewicz

Mare

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

Andrea Štaka
Andrea Štaka

Andrea Štaka studied film at the Zurich University of the Arts. Her films Hotel Belgrad (1998) and Yugodivas (2000) have won her recognition at international film festivals such as Locarno and the Sundance Film Festival and have received several awards. Her first feature film, Das Fräulein (2006), won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, the Heart of Sarajevo and the Swiss Film Prize for best screenplay. In 2007, Andrea Štaka founded Okofilm Productions in Zurich with director and producer Thomas Imbach. She has produced Day Is Done (2011), Mary Queen of Scots (2013), Love Island (2014), Glaubenberg (2018) and Nemesis (2021). Her second feature, Cure – The Life of Another (2014), was presented in competition at the Locarno Film Festival and, among other things, won a Max Ophüls Award. Her latest feature Mare (2020) had its world premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in the Panorama section and won several awards.

Other movies: THEMA : Body in motion