Ana Hušman

experimental film

year: 2008

format: Beta SP (transferred from 16mm)
duration: 17'20"

production: Pangolin
distribution: Bonobostudio

Ironic examination of the books of etiquette and customs of eating and drinking, as communal eating is the central site of showing others our breeding and finesse.


More About the Film

screenwriter and director: Ana Hušman
director of photography: Ivan Slipčević
camera assistant: Marko Rukavina
styling: Maja Krišković, Snježana Topalušić
stage manager: Dragutin Hušman
animation: Ana Hušman, Dina Rončević, Lala Raščić, Marko Rukavina, Maja Krišković, Nicole Hewitt
sound recording: Ana Hušman
sound design: Tomislav Domes
music: Tad bi me primio za ruku (instrumental), ZVUKBRODA
editor: Iva Kraljević
executive producer: Maja Jurić

You can watch the film here

The rules of correct behaviour found in books of etiquette present themselves as aiding communication and helping people understand each other. They also claim to help us engage socially with greater ease and self confidence. These rules are learnt from birth which is the only way for us to completely internalise them. Their model is found in western civilizations, and compliance with them makes it easy to discern who is civilised and who is not. The film deals with customs of eating and drinking - specifically with the lunch situation, as communal eating is the central site of showing others our breeding and finesse.

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); Home (2003); for 2 (2003); Meršpajz (2003); Daily Progress (1999)


  • Grand Prix, 17th Days of Croatian Film, Zagreb 2008
  • Best Experimental Film, Days of Croatian Film, Zagreb 2008
  • Audience Award, 17th Days of Croatian Film, Zagreb 2008
  • Special Mention, Tabor Film Festival, 2008
  • Fuji Award, 25FPS International Experimental Film Festival, Zagreb 2008
  • Special Mention, Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2009


Festivals +

Days of Croatian Film, Zagreb (25/3-30/3/2008)
Dokufest, Intl documentary and short film festival, Prizren, 2008
Tabor film festival, Veliki Tabor (11/7-19/7/2008)
Pula film festival, 2008
Expresion en corto, Mexico (18/7-27/7/2008)
Invideo, Milano, 2008
Exground filmfest, Wiesbaden (14/11-25/11/2008)
Reggio film festival, 2008
International Short Film Festival Detmold, 2008
Festival del video racconto, Italy, 2008
MIRfestival, Greece, 2008
Chroma Audiovisual Art Festival, Mexico, 2008
25FPS International experimental film festival, Zagreb (23/9-28/9/2008)
Alternative film video, Belgrade (10/12-14/12/2008)
Stuttgarter Filmwinter (22/1-25/1/2009)
International Film Festival Rotterdam (27/1-7/2/2009)
KaraFilm Festival – International Karachi Film Festival (4/2-15/2/2009)
Animabasauri, Bilbao (20/3-27/3/2009)
Mecal International Short Film Festival, Barcelona (27/3-5/4/2009)
Mediawave – Another Connection, International Film and Music Festival, Gyor (25/4-2/5/2009)
Slow Food on Film Festival, Bologna (6/5-10/5/2009)
Maremetraggio International Short Film Festival, Trieste (26/6-4/7/2009)
LEZZET Film Festival, Tetovo (29/6-3/7/2009)
Chungmuro International Film Festival, Seoul (24/8-3/9/2009)
Darklight Festival, Dublin (8/10-10/10/2009)
New Waves, New Ways, Prague (19/10-25/10/2009)
L'Alternativa 2009 - Barcelona Independent Film Festival (13/11-21/11/2009)
UNLIMITED - European Short Film Festival Cologne (18/11-23/11/2009)
Festival Tous Courts, Aix-en-Provence (1/12-5/12/2009)
International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA, Novi Sad (11/12-13/12/2009)
Linoleum - International Festival of Animation & Media Art, Moscow (11/12-13/12/2009)
Traverse Vidéo, Toulouse (10/3-27/3/2010)
Flatpack Festival, Birmingham (23/3-28/3/2010)
Dortmund / Cologne Women’s Film Festival (14/4-18/4/2010)
International Bunker Film Festival, Ventimiglia (22/7-26/7/2010)
Vox Feminae Festival, Zagreb (16/9-19/9/2010)
Tutti nello stesso piatto International Food, Film & Videodiversity Festival, Trento (10/11-10/12/2010)
Motovun Film Festival (Best Croatian Shorts 2000-2012), (28/7-1/8/2012)
Slow Filme International Film and Food Festival, Sao Paulo (09/2012)