Croatia, Slovenia


A traumatic event—a suicide attempt—creates a rift in the family’s everyday life. Their lives fundamentally change, as if they are waging a war invisible to everyone else. The film is reduced to the most acute, to a short time span and a clear situation that can be put in a nutshell: save the loved one. The source of the story is autobiographical, it is addressed in the film and highlighted by the fact that the author/director plays himself

Director's Statement

The film is based on the events that affected me and my family. While writing the screenplay, I thought I would never bring it to life. I wrote it for myself, so to speak. It felt too intimate to share. In the end, I didn’t hide the screenplay, the film was made, and to make my initial reluctance even more absurd, I even took on a role in it- my first time acting.
While the film undoubtedly explores the themes of mental disorder and suicide, its creation was not driven by silence and shame often surrounding these issues. I think I was strangely fascinated by the fact that such a horror, which happened to us, is even possible, and I wanted to capture it. It serves as a reminder of my own naivety, an expression of a childish revenge against those who perhaps could have helped us, and a final adventure shared with my brother. I talk to him in the film, despite him being dead – perhaps this is why I needed an audience, to bear witness to this miracle.
One viewer described it as a film about a man who tries to overtake death. We haven’t come up with a better logline yet.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Juraj Lerotic

Written by: Juraj Lerotic

Main Producer: Miljenka Cogelja, Sasa Ban, Nevenka Sablic, Vlado Bulajic, Lija Pogacnik

Cinematography: Marko Brdar

Editing: Marko Ferkovic

Production Design: Jana Plecas

Costume Design: Katarina Pilic

Make-Up & Hair: Matea Katunar

Sound: Julij Zornik, Miha Jaramaz, Lea Jurecic, Riga Rangus, Jaka Skocir, Igor Iskra

Visual Effects: Zoran Mihailovic, Marino Vuletic

Casting: Nevenka Sablic, Oriana Kuncic

Cast: Juraj Lerotic (Bruno), Goran Marković (Damir), Snjezana Sinovcic Siskov (Mother)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Discovery - Prix Fipresci 2023
  • Feature Film Selection 2023