The Staffroom

  • Sonja Tarokić
  • Croatia
  • 2021
  • 126'
  • Zbornica

Faced with the limitations of the school system and surrounded by disheartened teachers, the enthusiastic new school counsellor Anamarija (Marina Redžepović) clashes with a problematic history teacher (Stojan Matavulj), not realising she is gradually becoming more like her staffroom colleagues. The feature debut of one of the most popular authors of ZFF’s Checkers programme (On Shaky Ground – ZFF 2014, Golden Pram; I’m a Self-Made Woman, Red), is a detailed Altmanesque study of a community’s dynamics and inner conflicts. Awarded a Special Jury Mention and Ecumenical Jury Commendation at Karlovy Vary.


Subtitles: EN

Sonja Tarokić

Holds an MA in film directing. Her short films Red (2009.), Smart Girls (2010.), You Bitch! (2011.), I’m a Self-Made Woman (2012.) screened and received awards at numerous festivals, while On Shaky Ground (2014.) premiered at Rotterdam IFF and won the Golden Pram in the ZFF Checkers programme. The Staffroom (2021) is her feature debut.

The Staffroom

Sonja Tarokić
Sonja Tarokić
Marina Redžepović, Stojan Matavulj, Nives Ivanković, Maja Posavec, Sandra Lončarić, Daria Lorenci Flatz
Danko Vučinović
Borna Buljević
Ankica Jurić Tilić
Festivals & Awards
Karlovy Vary INt'l Film Festival 2021 – Special Jury Mention, Ecumenical Jury Commendation; Calgary Int'l Film Festival 2021

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