A Room for Living

Ana Hušman

experimental film

year: 2018

format: DCP, HD
duration: 30'

production: Studio Pangolin
distribution: Bonobostudio

A living room. A place where the private space of a flat is on public display. Using memory, supposition and measurable architectural elements, the space of the living room is continuously constructed and reconstructed, and the action grows into an interpretation of past, present and possible events and relationships.


More About the Film

The film problematizes the space of the living room and the events that may have occurred there. These possible events, based on memory or on suppositions, have been recreated through sound – documentary footage, studio recordings and background noise – and they occur in real space and more or less realistic copies of a certain living room. Just like the rest of the apartment, the living room is only a room; regulated by architectural measurements and societal norms, according to its purpose. It is a space that is at the same time exposed to the eye of the public (the guests), a place of representation within a private space, and increasingly, a disused space because it requires the free time of its occupants. The film’s protagonists are established through dialogues with different sources: Architects' Data (E. Neufert), Narratology (M. Bal), Garden, Ashes (D. Kiš) and The House Book (T. Conran). 

Film by: Ana Hušman
Script: Jasna Jasna Žmak, Ana Hušman, Iva Kraljević
Director of photography: Ivan Slipčević
Editing and image postproduction: Iva Kraljević
Music: Maja Rivić, Pavao Golubić
Sound design: Ivan Zelić, Ana Hušman, Iva Kraljević
Sound recording: Hrvoje Nikšić, Ana Hušman, Hrvoje Radnić
Sound mix: Ivan Zelić
Featuring: Miro Manojlović, Alen Sinkauz, Ivan Slipčević, Oskar Hušman Domes, Ana Hušman
Producer: Ana Hušman

Ana Hušman’s practice disassembles the structures and textures of cinematic elements through film, installation, books, sound, image and text. Hušman experiments with the possibilities of animation, documentary and fictional cinematic methods, and the possibilities of recorded voice and its articulation. Her working process questions and plays with the positions of the amateur and the professional subject of performativity, the medium itself, and the structures that dictate and produce patterns of behaviour. She teaches at the Department of Animation and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and is a co-founder of the documentary film organisation RESTART where she has been holding film education programs for children and young people for many years. Since 2003, she is a member of Pangolin, an artist-run organisation working in film, visual arts and research practices, where she produces films, books and other works. Her works have been shown at film festivals and exhibitions worldwide.


I Would Rather Be a Stone (2024), A Room for Living (2018), I Love You, Ines (2017), Almost Nothing (2016), Postcards (2013), Football (2011), Lunch (2008), The Market (2006), Prigruf (2004), Home (2003), Meršpajz (2003), for 2 (2003), Daily Progress (1999)


  • Special Mention in Experimental East Competition, BEAST International Film Festival 2019



25 FPS Festival (27/9-30/9/2018)
Human Rights Film Festival (2/12-9/12/2018)
Croatian Film Days (14/6-18/6/2019)
BEAST International Film Festival, Porto (28/9-6/10/2019)
Unseen Film Festival, Cavtat (2/10-6/10/2019)
Vox Feminae Film Festival (2/10-6/10/2019)
Un festival c'est trop court - Nice Short Film Festival (11/10-18/10/2019)
Aesthetica Short Film Festival (4/11-8/11/2020)