Bruno (played by the director himself) thwarts his brother’s suicide attempt. Complicity, care, and helplessness when confronting mental illness, and the related responsible institutions, engulf the small family unit in the spiral of tensions that come after trauma. Winner of Best Debut Film, Best Emerging Filmmaker, and Best Actor at Locarno, Safe Place is a brave autobiographical fiction film, in which a delicate and, to some extent, facetious disruption casts light on the shadows of a painful and raw reality. (C.M.)
Juraj Lerotić was born in 1978, in Kiel, Germany. He studied early childhood education and theology and graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, Department of Film and TV Directing. His film, "Then I See Tanja" (2010), premiered at the IFF Rotterdam and was broadcast on ARTE. His film "Safe Place" (2022) was selected at Locarno FF and Sarajevo FF and won the Heart of Sarajevo for the festival's best film, as well as the Best Actor award, along with the Best Emerging and Best Actor awards at Locarno FF.