Marija’s Own Trailer (2011)
In a long overdue tribute to the deceased Marija, three granddaughters host an unconventional and surreal memorial for their beloved grandmother. Setting the scene in Marija’s small apartment in Croatia, the sister’s don elaborate party dresses and welcome family, friends and fellow tenants of the apartment building to an interactive funeral like no other. The vibrant requiem is scored by a dining room performance from Czech electro-trash band Midi Lidi. With the stage set, the play commences—eat, drink, dance and be merry in a celebration of life. Both film and ceremony are an experimental performance piece, playing with the notions of ritual and tradition and the beautiful absurdity of life and death. Marija always said no one would remember her after she died. This musically charged whimsical homage proves her wrong.