THE BASICS OF KILLING

film THE BASICS OF KILLING (Družinica)
  • Original title: Družinica
  • Type: feature film
  • Year: 2017
  • Genre: drama
  • Country: Slovenia, Serbia
  • Language: Slovenian
  • Length: 100 min
  • Format: DCP, Blue Ray
  • Directed by: Jan Cvitkovič
The Gradniks are a happy family: Marko (48) is a high school teacher and his wife, Dunja (37), is a chemical engineer. Their son, Taras (12), has a passion for judo; the daughter, Mala (8), is a cute, daring girl. One day, one of Marko's students unexpectedly confesses her love for him and Marko is fired on the grounds of sexual harassment. Then, although her boss regrets it, Dunja is let go from her job as well. This is the beginning of the road downhill: jobs are scarce; their savings are gone, the bills are piling up. The absurdity of the social security system in place becomes apparent: they are not eligible for any welfare transfers. Dunja’s and Marko's relationship is tested severely, overcome by feelings of powerlessness. This prompts Taras to take on the role of the caretaker. Marko starts drinking heavily and hits Dunja during an argument. She starts seeing her ex-boss who helps her out with some money. Marko sees them together; what hurts him the most is seeing her happy. The repo-men take all their valuables and Taras starts to openly despise Marko for not reacting at all. Desperate, Marko gets involved in a murky business; that same day, he ends up being a repo-man himself. The children are left to themselves. They go to the pizzeria and collect the pizza leftovers which they wrap up as a present; their parents are deeply moved. They decide to sell the flat and start anew; they promise to never give up the fight again. The children are left to themselves. They go to the pizzeria and collect the pizza leftovers which they wrap up as a present; their parents are deeply moved. They decide to sell the flat and start anew; they promise to never give up the fight again.
  • Screenplay: Jan Cvitkovič
  • Director of photography: Marko Brdar
  • Production design: Vasja Kokelj
  • Music by: Damir Avdić
  • Edited by: Andrija Zafranović, Jurij Moškon
  • Costume designer: Emil Cerar, Polonca Valentinčič
  • Make-up artist: Jasmina Mina Lilić
  • Sound designer: Boštjan Kačičnik
  • Cast: Primož Vrhovec, Irena Kovačević, Miha Košec, Ula Gulič
  • Production company: Perfo
  • Producers: Andrej Štritof, Aleš Pavlin
  • Co-production: Pilon Media, RTV Slovenija
  • Co-producers: Miroslav Mogorović
  • Supported by: Slovenian Film Centre, Film Center Serbia, Viba film
film THE BASICS OF KILLING (Družinica)
film THE BASICS OF KILLING (Družinica)
film THE BASICS OF KILLING (Družinica)
film THE BASICS OF KILLING (Družinica)