Juraj Primorac
Director Juraj Primorac
Producer Ivan Maloca – Interfilm
Writer Ivan Turkovic-Krnjak, Juraj Primorac
Camera Luka Matic
Editor Sara Gregoric
Cast Josip Lukic, Niksa Butijer, Igor Serdar, Verica Radic, Sandra Loncaric-Tankosic, Ksenija Marinkovic, Tanja Smoje
Screening Fri 9 November | 15:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sat 10 November | 11:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Original Title MARIJA
Year 2017
Length 28 min
Country Croatia
Subtitles English

An ironic, amusing story of a tow-truck operator who has visions of Virgin Mary. He doesn’t know what to do with her.


Marinko is an assistant worker in the tow-away service. He lives in a cheap rented flat in Zagreb and has only one friend although it sometimes seems better not to have even that one. Recently, he has been having visions of the Virgin Mary everywhere: in stone, in the clouds, in a glass. Marinko is not sane. An amazing short fiction debut by Croatian director Juraj Primorac who has already received several prizes, including the Special Mention at the Film Fest Gent and the Best Screenplay at the Croatian Film Days.

Director's bio

Juraj Primorac, born 1986 in Zagreb, graduated from the Faculty of philosophy of the Society of Jesus, University of Zagreb with a degree in philosophy and religious science (MA). He gained a BA degree in Film and Television Directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. He worked as an assistant director on several short films. “Mary” is his first professional short fiction film.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Rivne International Film Festival ‘Dream City’, Ukraine 2017 – First Award for Short Film | Film Fest Gent, 2017 – Special Mention | Canada Shorts: Canadian and International Short Film Festival, 2017 – Award of Excellence | Mediterranean Film Festival Split, 2018 – Special Jury Mention | Croatian Film Days, 2018 – Best screenplay, Best acting (Niksa Butijer) | Prishtina International Film Festival PriFest, 2018 – Best medium length film | Sarajevo Film Festival, 2018