The Uncle


63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

The film appears to be set in the late 1980s Yugoslavia, as a family welcomes their beloved uncle, who has returned home from Germany for the holidays. The reunited family enjoys the Christmas lunch until a smartphone starts ringing. It’s a sign that it is not the 1980s, it’s not quite Christmas time either, and it is not just the served turkey that can be cut with a knife – the tension can too. A sharp chamber thriller that plays an imaginative game challenging the boundaries of truth, representation, and memory of the past.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIFF63.

Direction: David Kapac, Andrija Mardešić
Script: David Kapac, Andrija Mardešić
Cinematography: Miloš Jaćimović
Editing: Tomislav Stojanović
Sound: Frano Homen
Music: Miro Manojlović
Actors: Predrag Miki Manojlović, Ivana Roščić, Goran Bogdan, Roko Sikavica, Kaja Šišmanović
Production: Eclectica
Producers: Ivan Kelava, Tomo Vujić
Co-production: Sense
Co-producers: Milan Stojanović
Costumes: Ana Savić Gecan
Sets: Ivana Škrabalo
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Croatia, Serbia
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 104΄
Contact: Bendita Film Sales
Awards/Distinctions: Special Jury Mention (Proxima International Competition) – Karlovy Vary IFF 2022, Golden Mimosa Grand Prix, Best Actor – Herzeg Novi-Montenegro FF 2022

David Kapac

David Kapac is a Croatian screenwriter, director, and creative producer. He started his career with student short films, all regularly screened at festivals in Croatia and abroad. After graduating, David started working on television, in shows he ran either as a director or creative producer. In 2017 he returned to film, co-writing the screenplay for the short film Party (2017) which represented Croatia in 2018 as part of the project Drama for Children of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).


2010 Permanent Loan (co-direction)
2011 Zagorje specialty (TV, short)
2017 FRKA 12 (co-direction)
2022 The Uncle (co-direction)

Andrija Mardešić

Andrija Mardešić is a Croatian film and TV author. He has successfully directed projects in various genres, including experimental and music videos, documentaries, and promos. Still, Andrija's focus is cinema. where he proved himself with a series of short films. Iris (2009), Two All Alone (2015), and Steppe Fox (2019) stood out at festivals in Croatia and abroad. With Hana Jušić and Dario Juričan, he directed the omnibus Short Circuits for Croatian national broadcaster HRT in 2013. As a screenwriter, Andrija co-wrote the medium-length horror film Zagorje Specialty (2011, directed by David Kapac) and the short children's drama Party, which he co-wrote with David Kapac for HRT and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Andrija is developing several projects, including the next feature film with David Kapac. Their latest film The Uncle (2022) was selected at Karlovy Vary IFF.


2007 Night Ride (short)
2012 Iris (short)
2013 Tenant (TV, short)
2015 Two All Alone
2022 The Uncle (co-direction)