Not that kind of child’s pose

While the title of our next film focuses on child, the character at the centre of the film is very much the mother. And a mother’s love even more so, a love taken to extremes, larger than life.

Director Calin Peter Netzer’s own mother served as inspiration for his domineering character Cornelia, a mother who will stop at nothing to deepen her intimacy with her son and to protect him from harm.

Awarded the prestigious Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Child’ Pose is a drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Perfectly calibrated, it is lead by the feisty Cornelia, a successful architect used to making ruling decisions not only in her work, but in her life and that of her son too.

We meet her first as she is expressing her discontent at a man who doesn’t reward her with the attention and gratitude she expects. You could mistakenly think it’s a lover she’s talking about, but it is her son Barbu she is referring to, now a 30-year old who wants to live his life outside the influence of his mother.

But a tragic event brings them in interpendence again. Barbu is involved in an accident which leaves him vulnerable to his mother’s desire to control the situation. He runs over and kills a boy from a modest family. Despite all the evidence incriminating him, his mother is still convinced of his innocence and present him as an exemplary son to the bereft family, a powerful and meaningful scene.

What is certain is you will leave the film with a lot of questions about what a mother’s love means, when it is too much, when it crosses invisible limits.

Buy your pass now and join us for the screening on Sunday 9 April.


Special guest – visual artist Mirjana Margetic

This coming Sunday is going to be a treat: we don’t just have a fantastic film and an interview with its director, but also a very special guest: Geelong-based artist Mirjana Margetic.  Mirjana migrated to Australia from Serbia in the early 90s and since then she has made a name for herself as an artist, daringly exploring questions of identity and connection between nature and the feminine.

On Sunday she will talk to us about What shapes my identity today: the history of Serbian migration in Victoria, the book that she  edited, bringing together stories of migration from Serbia to Australia. She will share some of those stories during her talk, exploring the painstaking journey of starting out again on the other side of the world.

Her latest exhibition, ‘Female Ancestry — A life of the cloth, capture and recover’, is a reflection on women’s identity through a variety of media, including recycled fabrics and needlework. You’ll get to see some of her exquisite artwork on the screen on Sunday.

So book your pass if you haven’t yet, for a real feast of a Sunday afternoon, celebrating our rich multicultural identity.

The event will start at 2.30pm, with Mirjana Margetic’s talk, followed by the Open cage screening, and a brief q&a with Sinisa Galic, the film director.


‘We are all connected’

This is the message that director Sinisa Galic wants to send with his film Open cage, our screening choice for diversity month. This Sunday we invite you to find out if he succeeds.

The film mixes characters and perspectives from the East and the West: a young photojournalist from Berlin meets a young woman from Belgrade, who dreams of a better life abroad. Beyond their apparent differences, the two young women also have things in common, and the film strives to illustrate this shared humanity. They are both searching for something, a search that their background and history dictates.

‘We are all kind of connected, even if we think we are opposing. We have to be conscious of the similarities between us,’ says Sinisa Galic in an interview with Sabisa Paisa last week.

The connectedness we see on screen was mirrored in the film crew on set, with a team of over 40 people from different countries: Germany, Serbia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Turkey and USA working on it.

Book you pass now and join us to celebrate Harmony Week with a film.


March is all about diversity

This March we are partnering with the Victorian Multicultural Commission to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week.  Every March Victorians celebrate living in the most multicultural state in Australia and this year we’re on board with the proceedings.

Euraw Stories is all about fostering the cultural richness that comes with diversity and we jumped at the chance to celebrate it with everyone else.  For the occasion we are screening Open Cage, the story of a German photojournalist who travels to Serbia, where she connects with a refugee, Maja.

Book your tickets now. Don’t forget that if you buy a yearly pass, you can bring a friend to the screening for free.


Open Cage screens on March the 19th

Serbia 2015
Drama 1'06 min
Director: Sinisa Galic
Cast: Leni Wesselman, Jelena Rakocevic

Ana, a young photojournalist from Berlin, travels to Serbia to make a photo documentary about refugees.  Through the cabdriver Dzeki, she meets the distrustful but interesting young refugee Maja who works at a nearby fast food restaurant. Miserable with her life in Serbia, Maja dreams of a new beginning somewhere abroad. In an attempt to successfully finish her project, Ana starts photographing Maja, secretly making a documentary about her. Blinded by the wish to change her life, Maja doesn’t realise Ana’s true intentions.

Book tickets for this screening.

Screening at Performance Space at The Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands.

Cinema from Central, Eastern Europe and the Balkans