MY GRANDPA IS AN ALIEN

Marina Andree Skop/Drazen Zarkovic
Director Marina Andree Skop/Drazen Zarkovic
Writer Branko Ruzic, Pavlica Bajsic / based on a story by Irena Krcelic
Camera Sven Pepeonik
Editor Marina Andree Skop
Cast Lana Hranjec, Ozren Grabaric (voice of Dodo), Alex Rakos, Nils Ole Oftebro, Petra Polnisova, Sven Barac, Tonka Kovacic
Producer Darija Kulenovic Gudan, Marina Andree Skop – Studio dim; Wady Films, Filmbin, MasterFilm, Artileria, Senca Studio, Fabrika Sarajevo, Croatian Radiotelevision, Magiclab, Art Rebel 9
Year 2019
Length 76 min
Country Croatia, Luxembourg, Norway, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Subtitles Dutch
Section Family Films
Screening Sunday 10 November | 10:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag

An extraordinary adventure of a girl and a robot on a mission to save her partly alien family. An inventive sci-fi children’s film that parents will enjoy too. Winner of the Golden Arenas for Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography at the Pula Film festival. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the director, editor and producer Marina Andree Škop.

Synopsis

In a single moment, Una’s entire life is turned upside down; the girl’s grandpa is kidnapped by aliens and her mum collapses and ends up in a hospital. Left alone in the house, Una discovers that her grandpa is an alien himself. His spaceship hit the planet some time ago, and its pilot, a little grumpy robot, still remains! Una and the robot have less than 24 hours to find and rescue her grandpa. Their mission leads to a new friendship. The rational robotic logic gets replaced by emotions, and Una’s selfless love ultimately saves her partly alien family.

Director's bio

Marina Andree Škop, together with her co-worker Darija Kulenović Gudan, established the Studio dim production company in 2001, through which they develop, produce and co-produce fiction and documentary films, TV serials and transmedia projects (Aleksi, Cover Page, Night Boats etc.). Her feature documentary debut Sevdah won the Audience Award at the 2009 Sarajevo Film Festival.

Dražen Žarković directed three features, Go, Yellow!, Tressette and The Mysterious Boy (from the Koko serial), as well as many documentary films. One of the directors of the sitcoms Bitange i princeze, Odmori se, zaslužio si and Stipe u gostima. His film and TV work earned him a series of honours, including four Oktavijan Awards. His most successful film Tressette, was screened at a number of festivals and won seven international awards.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Pula Film Festival, 2019 – Best Visual Effects (Krsto Jaram, Michal Struss, Antonio Ilić, Goran Stojnić, MagicLab, Hommage), Best DOP (Sven Pepeonik) | KinoKino – International Film Festival for Children, Zagreb 2019 | FIFEM – Montreal International Children’s Film Festival, 2019 | BUFF, Malmö 2019 | Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival, 2019 | Zlin Film Festival, 2019 | Molodist, Kyiv 2019 | Sarajevo Film Festival, 2019

A free gift for teachers and students who are curious to see how the film was made here and educational material in Croatian language here. The film will be Dutch subtitled!