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Eat Sleep Die

Eat Sleep Die

Original Title: Äta sova dö
Director: Gabriela Pichler
Sweden | Serbo-Croatian, Swedish
2012 | 104min. | Colour and B&W
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: DCP
15+
Winner of the Venice Film Festival Critic’s Week audience award, this unexpectedly moving drama has xenophobia as its underlying theme. In rural southern Sweden, Raša Abdulahović (played by the lively, spontaneous Nermina Lukač) is a no-nonsense 21-year-old tomboy who spends her evenings looking after her worn-out father and socialising with her fellow workers from the vegetable-packing plant. Raša can pack 12 bags of lettuce in 45 seconds, but when it’s time for the factory to fire people, Raša is the first to go. Perhaps it is due to her Arabic-sounding name and Muslim heritage, and the fact that she is of Balkan extraction.

When she loses her job, Raša is forced into an odd world where bureaucracy rules and ‘confidence coaching’ is deemed necessary. Her sense of disorientation and loss of purpose increase when her beloved father must go to Norway to find work. Now she is alone and desperate to find a new job. The small-town life that she is clinging to just seems to be getting smaller. She begins to realise that there is a bigger world out there and ultimately she will have to face it. The daughter of a Bosnian and an Austrian, director-writer Gabriela Pichler says, “Sweden isn’t the country that many people think it is. What I saw on television as a teenager was never true to the life that I and my family led…When I started making films I wanted to broaden the picture, to show a different kind of reality.'

– Alissa Simon

Director,  Gabriela Pichler

Director,  Gabriela Pichler

Gabriela Pichler was born in Sweden and attended film school in Gothenburg. She has directed three short films: Nångång (2004), Leda (2007) and Scratches (2008), the latter of which won prizes at a number of international film festivals. Eat Sleep Die (2012) is her debut feature film.

Cast and Crew

Director
Gabriela Pichler
Cast
Nermina Lukač, Milan Dragišić, Jonathan Lampinen, Peter Fält, Ružica Pichler
Production Company
Anagram Produktion
Music
Andreas Svensson, Jonas Isaksson
Producer
China Åhlander
Executive Producer
Hildal Kenny
Screenwriter
Gabriela Pichler
Editor
Gabriela Pichler,Johan Lundberg
Cinematographer
Johan Lundborg
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