Mother Mara

by Mirjana Karanović

Mati Mara, orig. Majka Mara, 2024, fiction, co-production
In progress


Mara’s life is disrupted by the sudden death of her only son. Through a relationship with a younger man, she tries to face the loss and find a way to move on. Based on the elements of the play We are the Ones Our Parents Warned Us About by Tanja Šljivar.

based on the book by
Tanja Šljivar
Mirjana Karanović, Maja Pelević, Ognjen Sviličić
Mirjana Karanović
Snežana van Houwelingen
This and That Productions
December, VHS d.o.o., Deblokada, PTD - Paul Thiltges Distributions, Oko film
Slovenian Film Centre, Film Centre od Montenegro, Film Center Serbia, Sarajevo Film Fund, Luxembourg Film Fund, BAK Ministry of Culture Switzerland, Zurich Film Fund, Eurimages, Creative Europe - MEDIA

Mirjana Karanović is a Serbian actress, film director and screenwriter. Considered one of the best Serbian and Yugoslavian actresses of all time, she is probably the best known for her performance in her debut film Petria’s Wreath (Petrijin venac, S. Karanović, 1980), as well as for her frequent collaborations with film directors Emir Kusturica and Jasmila Žbanić. Karanović received international acclaim and a nomination for the European Film Award for Best Actress for her role in Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (Grbavica, J. Žbanić, 2006). In 2016, Mirjana Karanović made her director’s debut: her film A Good Wife was shown in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the prestigious international festival Sundance. It has been screened at over 40 festivals around the world and has won numerous awards.

December is a Slovenian production company focused on fiction and documentary films. Since the beginning in 2013, their wish has been to set up new standards of cooperation, to get out of the established ways of doing things and, together with filmmakers, to search for new possibilities of crossing borders, both mental and physical. Among 3 short films, 2 documentaries, 4 co-production features they produced 2 debut feature films Inventory by Darko Sinko (2021, SSIFF) and Bitch, a Derogatory Term for a Woman by Tijana Zinajić (2021, Sidney FF).