Eat Sleep Die

Eat Sleep Die  {Äta sova dö}
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Eat Sleep Die
Äta sova dö
Sweden, 2012, 104 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Woman Director
Program: Nordic Light
Language: Swedish, Serbian, Montenegrin English Sub-Titles

Awards: Winner: Audience Award, Venice Film Festival; Jury Award (New Auteurs), AFI Fest

Gabriela Pichler, the daughter of a Bosnian and an Austrian, stresses the reality of contemporary Europe in her first feature as writer/director. Eat Sleep Die takes place in rural southern Sweden where lively, spontaneous Rasa Abdulahovic (a vivacious turn from Nermina Lukac) spends her evenings looking after her worn-out father and socializing with her fellow workers from the vegetable packing plant. Rasa can pack 12 bags of lettuce in 45 seconds, but when it’s time for the factory cut staff, she is one of first to go.

Without a job, Rasa is forced into an odd world where bureaucracy rules and “confidence coaching” is deemed imperative. Her sense of disorientation and loss of purpose increases when her beloved father goes to Norway to find work. The small-town life that she is clinging to just seems to be getting smaller. She begins to realize that there is a bigger world out there and ultimately she will have to face it.

Winner: Audience Award, Venice Film Festival Critics’ Week

DIRECTOR: Gabriela Pichler
Producer: China Åhlander
Editor: Gabriela Pichler, Johan Lundborg
Screenwriter: Gabriela Pichler
Cinematographer: Johan Lundborg
Music: Andreas Svensson, Jonas Isaksson
Principal Cast: Nermina Lukac, Milan Dragišic, Jonathan Lampinen, Peter Falit, Ruzica Pichler
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Yellow Affair -

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