My Best Dox

Family Meals

Dana Budisavljević
Screening time  
24.02. / Monday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
"Family Meals", directed by Dana Budisavljević, revolves around family meals with subjects long hidden in family closets served as the main course.

The autobiographical documentary Family Meals, directed by Dana Budisavljević, revolves around family meals with subjects long hidden in family closets served as the main course. However, what a less talented filmmaker would have made an activist and predictable coming-out story, Dana makes a bittersweet exploration of relativity of moral views and intergenerational (mis)understanding. Dana draws parallels between her parents’ unconventional marriage and her coming out in order to show that what one generation sees as shocking, the next one accepts as an ordinary part of life – even though those who are stigmatised for their love choices will not necessarily show sympathy for the others. At least not immediately. An interesting thing is that Dana does not present her sexuality in the film as a problem, but as a fact, which represents an important step forward towards its normalisation.

Mario Kozina


Dana Budisavljević

Dana Budisavljević graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art, Department of Film and TV Editing. She worked as an editor, director and producer of creative documentary films and TV series, including Straight A! (director), Years of Rust by Andrej Korovljev (editor and co-script writer), Great Shipwrecks of the Adriatic by Davor Šarić (co-director), New New Time by Igor Mirković and Rajko Grlić (editor), Changing the World (producer and director of several episodes). Her second documentary film Family Meals screened at over 20 festivals, won a few awards and was successfully distributed in Croatian cinemas. She is currently preparing the feature documentary live action hybrid film Diana’s List. Together with Nenad Puhovski in 2005 she launched ZagrebDox, and with colleague Olinka Vištica she founded the Hulahop company a year later. She attended a series of international workshops, including Ex Oriente, EURODOC, ZagrebDox Pro, Sarajevo Docu Rough Cut Boutique, BDC Discoveries and others. She is a member of the Croatian Producers’ Association board of directors.

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2012, 50', video

Directed by:
Dana Budisavljević

Ana Opalić, Tamara Cesarec, Eva Kraljević

Edited by:
Marko Ferković

Olinka Vištica, Sophie De Hijes

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

ZagrebDox 2012 –  HT Audience Award; Special Mention by the Jury; DokuFest Prizren 2012 – Best Balkan Newcomer Award; Nomination for Silver Eye, East Silver Market’s Award, Jihlava 2012; Sarajevo Film Festival 2011 – Docu Rough Cut Boutique Award; Days of Croatian Film 2012