Fine Dead Girls
|Fine Dead Girls|
English-language DVD cover released by the Global Film Initiative
|Croatian||Fine mrtve djevojke|
|Directed by||Dalibor Matanić|
|Produced by||Jozo Patljak|
|Written by||Dalibor Matanić, Mate Matišić|
|Music by||Jura Ferina, Pavle Miholjević|
|Edited by||Tomislav Pavlić|
Fine Dead Girls (Croatian: Fine mrtve djevojke, also distributed as Nice Dead Girls) is a 2002 Croatian drama film which preimered in July 2002 at the Pula Film Festival. The film has been named one of the best Croatian films since Croatia's independence. It caught much attention due to its controversial, provocative themes.
Iva (Olga Pakalović) and Marija (Nina Violić), a lesbian couple, rent an apartment in Zagreb in a building that seems to be quiet and a safe environment for their love. But as time passes by, the atmosphere in the building gets more and more aggressive.
Elder landlady Olga (Inge Appelt) dominates the building. Other tenants include her calm husband and her grown-up son Daniel (Krešimir Mikić), who has a crush on Iva, the prostitute Lidija (Jadranka Đokić), an abused housewife, a widower keeping the corpse of his newly deceased wife, a gynecologist (Boris Miholjević) performing abortions in one flat of the house and an ex-soldier who regularly plays martial music at night. The characters are meant to display the madness of the post-war Croatian society.
Marija's conservative religious father secretly stalks his daughter and pays Lidija to try to seduce Iva, which fails.
After Olga finds out that Iva and Marija are lesbians, the situation escalates to rape, murder and kidnapping.
- Olga Pakalović as Iva
- Nina Violić as Marija
- Krešimir Mikić as Daniel
- Inge Appelt as Olga the Landlady
- Ivica Vidović as Blaž
- Milan Štrljić as Inspektor
- Mirko Boman
- Jadranka Đokić as Lidija the Prostitute
- Boris Miholjević as Perić the Gynecologist
- Marina Poklepović as Marina Kostelac
- Janko Rakos
- Ilija Zovko
Awards and nominations
Pula Film Festival 2002
- Audience Award "Golden Gate Pula"
- Big Golden Arena
- Golden Arena
Geneva Cinéma Tout Ecran 2003
- Young Jury Award – Dalibor Matanić
Sochi International Film Festival 2003
- Special Jury Award – Dalibor Matanić (tied with At kende sandheden (2002))
- Golden Rose – Dalibor Matanić (nominated)
75th Academy Awards
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