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Canadian Cinema

EASY LAND

Year 2019
Runtime 90 mins
Language English, Serbian
Subtitles English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere

A Serbian architect wants to build a better future for her daughter but her mental illness is threatening that dream and their relationship.

Jasna is a talented and ambitious Serbian architect trying to create a better future for her teenage daughter Nina, but her mental illness proves to be a major challenge. Jasna holds a steady menial job for a boss she feels is far beneath her. One day she gets the opportunity to prove herself and build the project of her dreams, but in order to do so she must risk her stability and fragile relationship with Nina. Confused by her tumultuous home life, Nina hits bottom socially and academically. When a work placement at a theatre company unexpectedly builds her confidence, she begins to believe in new possibilities for her future. With eviction looming and Jasna's mental illness worsening, tension rises. Soon Nina faces a tough decision.

EASY LAND is a really well crafted first feature by Sanja Zivkovic, delicately balancing the challenges of family dynamics, coming of age, and mental illness.

Countries

Canada
Festivals
Toronto International Film Festival
Director
Sanja Zivkovic
Executive Producer
Matt Code
Producer
Julie Strifler
Screenwriter
Sanja Zivkovic
Cinematographer
Maya Bankovic, Maya Bankovic
Editor
Chris Mutton
Music
Casey Manierka-Quaile
Cast
Mirjana Jokovic, Nina Kiri, Richard Clarkin, Sarah Deakins