Directed by Sonja Tarokić
Croatia | 126 min. | 2021 | drama | Croatian

Anamarija starts a new job as a counsellor in a school, which is a place full of petty conflicts and cliques. Initially she tries to stay out of the power games played by the headmistress, teachers and parents and just do her job with the children. But as she gets to know the system better Anamarija understands that in order to survive she has to sacrifice her integrity and play her own game in the staffroom.


Director: Sonja Tarokić
Screenplay: Sonja Tarokić
Cinematography: Danko Vučinović
Editing: Borna Buljević
Production Design: Tajana Čanić Stanković
Sound Design: Borna Buljević

Cast: Marina Redžepović, Stojan Matavulj, Nives Ivanković, Maja Posavec, Sandra Lončarić

Production CompanyKINORAMA

  • Sonja Tarokić
    Sonja Tarokić

Festivals & Awards

  • Karlovy Vary 2021 – Crystal Globe Competition
  • OFF Camera – International Competition
  • Seattle Film Festival – New Directors Competition
  • Vilnius IFF – European Debut Competition
  • Cottbus Film Festival – Feature Film Competition
  • FEST New Directors New Films Festival – Competition

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Sonja Tarokić

Sonja Tarokić (Zagreb, 1988) has an MA degree in film directing, and a BA degree in literature. She is the author of several short films. On Shaky Ground (2014), a dissection of a Mediterranean family that goes through the breakdown of its paterfamilias, was screened at Rotterdam IFF and awarded the best Croatian short at Zagreb Film Festival, while her other films (You Bitch!, I’m a Self Made Woman, Smart Girls, Red) were screened and awarded at numerous international festivals, such as Sarajevo FF, Vila do Conde, Angers Premiers Plans, NEXT Bucharest FF, Brief Encounters FF. She participated at CPH:Lab and Sarajevo Talent Campus workshops. The Staffroom is her first feature film, which was developed through TorinoFilmLab Script&Pitch 2015 and FrameWork 2016 program, winning the TFL Production Award.