An Udruga Ukus production. Produced, directed, written by Zeljka Sukova. Reviewed at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (East of the West, competing), July 3, 2011. Running time: 62 MIN.
With: Nina Violic, Zeljka Sukova, Mila Culjak, Petr Marek, Prokop Holoubek, Marketa Lisa, Cvjetana Lovric, Loredana Presta.
(Croatian, Czech dialogue)
A long-overdue wake for a Croatian granny who died six years earlier is anything but funereal in "Marija's Own,"a music-filled, alcohol-sodden docu-fiction hybrid. Croatian writer-director Zeljka Sukova's film documents an unusual gathering in Rijeka, where Sukova and two of her cousins threw a merry feast--with local food and booze, plus dancing to live Czech electro music--to celebrate the memory of their grandmother. Entertaining jumble, bookended by old homevid footage, is both life-affirming and fest-friendly.