Mater is an intimate and unflinching portrayal of a complex Mother-Daughter relationship enduring it’s final days and hours. Jasna returns to her childhood home in order to care for her dying mother. Transplanted from her family life in Germany and caring for her own young children, she is called home to Croatia, where she finds herself enveloped in a very different and quickly suffocating environment. Stubborn, confrontational and perhaps even manipulative, Jasna’s mother does not make her daughter’s return easy. Jasna calls on family members, old friends and carers in an attempt to provide comfort in these final days. However, she realises that she must navigate a tangled web of grudges dating back to her own childhood, hoping to find a semblance of peace.
Jure Pavlović (1985) graduated film directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, Croatia. He took part in various international workshops like Berlinale Talents, Sarajevo Talent Campus, Sources 2, etc, and was a jury member at Sarajevo Film Festival, Valencia Cinema Jove FF, Zagreb FF and others. His short films were screened on more than 200 film festivals, such as Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand winning more than 30 awards. His short film PICNIC (2015.) premiered at Berlinale Generation 14plus section and later on became the first Croatian film ever to win the prestigious European Film Academy Award (EFA) (for the Best European short film in 2015.). His first feature film MATER (2019.) had a world premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and won the Best regional film award at FEST Belgrade.