These are the Rules

by Ognjen Svilicic

Croatia, Franca, Serbie, Macedonia


Ivo and Maja live a quiet life in a dull suburb of Zagreb. One night their only son Tomica is violently attacked on the street by another teenager, beaten and left severely injured. Their world of false security collapses. As they go through an unbearable ordeal, they are forced to re-examine their lives and question everything they believed in.


HAVC (Croatian Audiovisual Center), HRT (Croatia), Aide aux Cinémas du Monde – CNC – Ministère des affaires étrangères – Institut Français (France), Serbian Film Fund, Macedonian Film Fund

awards and festivals

Venice IFF – Orizzonti Award Best Actor / Busan IFF / Haifa IFF / Warsaw IFF – Best Director Award / Cinemed – Montpellier / Thessaloniki IFF / Cottbus IFF / Stockholm IFF – Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Dop / Minsk IFF – Best Actor /  Kolkata IFF / Tallinn Black Nights FF / Singapore IFF / Dubai IFF / les Arcs IFF – Grand Jury Prize

Technical and artistic details

Length – 75’
Language – Croatian
Location – Zagreb, Croatia
Format – HD

Director of photography – Crystel Fournier
Editor – Atanas Georgiev
Producers – Damir Teresak – Maxima Film (Croatia), Janja Kralj – KinoElektron (France), Nikolina Vucetic Zecevic – Biberche Productions (Serbia), Svetozar Ristovski – Trice Films (Macedonia)
Line producer – Hrvoje Habeković
International sales – Urban Distribution International


Ivo – Emir Hadzihafizbegovic
Maja – Jasna Zalica
Tomica – Hrvoje Vladisavljevic
Tea – Veronika Mach


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