A traumatic event — a suicide attempt — creates a rift in the family’s everyday life. Their lives fundamentally change, as if they are waging a war invisible to everyone else. The story is autobiographical; it is addressed in the film and highlighted by the fact that the author/director plays himself.
Language: Croatian, subtitles: English
The film begins with Bruno breaking down the door of his brother’s apartment and finding Damir suffering from severe self-inflicted injuries. Damir is taken to the hospital and put in a room to rest. His mother arrives from their former home in Split and, together with Bruno, she tries to figure out what to do next to help her son in this acute mental health crisis.
Safe Place is an intense film which immediately takes you into the panic and horror of a family dealing with the unthinkable. You can feel the pain in every scene. Director Juraj Lerotic based the film on his own experiences and consistently finds strong angles and compositions that make Safe Place a compelling visual experience.
Safe Place is recommended by the Studium Generale Student Film Committee because it shows the devastating impact of a controversial topic in a respectful and especially human manner.
Please note: This film contains intense and heavy scenes that may cause (or evoke) strong emotional reactions.
Do you need help?
You can call Suicide Prevention completely anonymously at 0800-0113. Prefer to chat? Go to www.113.nl . You can also use this link to contact one of TU/e’s student psychologists.
For those who are in need of peer support and a good conversation and guidance through our wellbeing offers both within in the TU/e and Eindhoven you can always contact one of our trained peer support students within the CCP network.
“A Shattering Croatian Debut. Safe Place, a film already not given to taking it easy on viewers’ emotions, the meek, honest delivery of a single word — “Sorry” — shatters the heart irreparably into a million small shards.” Variety
“A promising feature debut with this prize-winning exploration of brotherhood. Juraj Lerotić consistently finds strong angles and compositions which render Safe Place a compelling visual experience.” Screen
"A tense psyhological drama that treats its serious topic from a sincere point of view.” Cineuropa
This film will be shown at Filmhuis De Zwarte Doos. Buying a ticket online in advance is mandatory if you want to attend this film. You can buy a ticket by clicking on the black “order” button on this page.
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Please be on time
The screening of the film starts at 19:30 sharp (no pre-film movie trailers) and the cinema hall opens at 19:10. We kindly ask you to be at the ticket counter at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the film. This is to ensure the film starts and ends on time.
The Studium Generale film program is selected in collaboration with the Student Film Committee and Natlab.