Writer-director Juraj Lerotic sat down with Screen to discuss his feature debut Safe Place which is Croatia’s entry for best international feature at the Oscars.

Lerotic wrote, directed and starred in this autobiographical family drama about a man trying to save his younger, depressed brother from taking his own life.

The film won three awards including best first feature at Locarno, where it premiered, and best film and best actor (for Lerotic who also stars) at Sarajevo.

Safe Place is produced by Zagreb-based Pipser and co-produced by Croatia’s Zelena zraka and Slovenia’s December.