Mare needs a new bra and the washing machine needs replacing too. She would like her children to leave school with decent exam results, her husband to take her to the cinema more often and would actually like to go back to work. She manages her small family’s household with practised commitment on a shoestring budget. But when a nameless newcomer shows up in town, it transpires that material desires are not the only things that motivate Mare. She does not hesitate for long.
In this, her third collaboration with leading actor Marija Škaričić, Andrea Štaka delivers a direct and very physical film. Planes may be taking off from Dubrovnik airport and climbing into the blue sky above this small town day in, day out, but the camera and its protagonist stay firmly on the ground. Mare’s family bickers and fights, jokes and hugs. In-between the kitchen, the bathroom and doing the shopping, conflicts flare up and, just as quickly, dissipate. There is no time for sweet nothings in a daily round determined by necessities, and there is no need, for now, to justify the impulsiveness with which Mare decides to enjoy her rekindled libido.
by Andrea Štaka
with Marija Škaričić, Goran Navojec, Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Mirjana Karanović
Switzerland / Croatia 2020 Croatian, English 84’ Colour


  • Marija Škaričić (Mare)
  • Goran Navojec (Đuro)
  • Mateusz Kościukiewicz (Piotr)
  • Mirjana Karanović (Mare's Mother)


Written and Directed by Andrea Štaka
Cinematography Erol Zubčević
Editing Redzinald Šimek, Thomas Imbach
Music Ephrem Lüchinger
Sound Design Igor Čamo, Peter Bräker
Sound Benoit Barraud
Production Design Jana Plećaš
Costumes Sara Giancane, Valentina Vujović
Make-Up Sabine Flückiger
Assistant Director Lukša Benić
Casting Timka Grin, Nina Haun
Production Manager Karla Crnčević
Line Producer Amira Lekić
Producers Thomas Imbach, Andrea Štaka
Executive Producers Sarah Nagel, Isabell Wiegand
Co-Producer Tena Gojić
Co-Production Dinaridi Zagreb

Andrea Štaka

Born in Lucerne, Switzerland in 1973, she studied film at the Zurich University of the Arts. Her debut feature film, Das Fräulein, won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival and the Heart of Sarajevo at the Sarajevo Film Festival while Cure The Life of Another won an award at the film festival Max Ophüls Prize. Mare is her third feature film. She is a member of the European Film Academy.


1995 Ruza; short film 1998 Hotel Belgrad; short film 2000 Yugodivas; documentary 2006 Das Fräulein 2014 Cure – The Life of Another 2020 Mare; Panorama

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020