The Woman Who Talks to the Animals

Kroatien 2011, Dokumentarfilm, Blu-ray, Farbe, 28’ | Regie Dana Budisavljević | Buch Dana Budisavljević, Miljenka Čogelja | Bildgestaltung Eva Kraljević | Schnitt Vanja Strućek | Produktion Hulahop Art and Film Production, Croatian Television | Weltvertrieb Hulahop Art and Film Production

Hela has always dreamed of a farm of happy animals. Three years ago, she quit her job as a nurse and the comfort of urban life, sold her apartment and began building a new life on a plot of land that she had inherited from her grandmother. Today, she lives with around fifty goats, two cows, two horses, a donkey and a pot-bellied pig. Hela knows each animal’s name and nature. On her farm, there is no coercion or punishment. If animals are exhausted, old or sick, they are sent to dignified retirement. She calls her method »emotional farming«.


DANA BUDISAVLJEVIC was born 1975 in Zagreb, Croatia. Graduated from the Department of Film and TV Editing at the Academy of Drama Arts. Worked as editor, director and producer of creative documentary films and TV series. After the Academy, she started working for Factum Documentary Project, a leading independent production house in Croatia. Debuted as director in 2004 with the documentary SVE PET! (Straight A’s!). In 2006, she founded Hulahop Film and Art Production together with Olinka Vištica. At Days of Croatian Film 2011, Hulahop was awarded Best Producer Prize for the short fiction Then I See Tania.


Films by Dana Budisavljević (Selection)
Diana’s List 2012 | Family Meals 2012 | Everyting’s Fine (Sve Pet!) 2005


Saturday, 21 April 2012, 8.00 p.m., Odeon 1, Ticket

Dana Budisavljević
Dokumentarfilm, Kurzfilm