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Fine Dead Girls (Croatian: Fine mrtve djevojke, also distributed as Nice Dead Girls) is a 2002 Croatian drama film which premiered in July 2002 at the Pula Film Festival. The film has been named one of the best Croatian films since Croatia's independence.[2] It caught much attention due to its controversial, provocative themes.

Fine Dead Girls
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English-language DVD cover released by the Global Film Initiative
CroatianFine mrtve djevojke
Directed byDalibor Matanić
Produced byJozo Patljak
Written byDalibor Matanić, Mate Matišić
StarringOlga Pakalović
Nina Violić
Krešimir Mikić
Inge Appelt
Ivica Vidović
Milan Štrljić
Music byJura Ferina, Pavle Miholjević
CinematographyBranko Linta
Edited byTomislav Pavlić
Alka-Film Zagreb
Release date
  • 24 July 2002 (2002-07-24) (Croatia)
Running time
77 minutes



Iva (Olga Pakalović) and Marija (Nina Violić), a lesbian couple, rent an apartment in Zagreb in a building that seems to be quiet and a safe environment for their love. But as time passes by, the atmosphere in the building gets more and more aggressive.

Elder landlady Olga (Inge Appelt) dominates the building. Other tenants include her calm husband and her grown-up son Daniel (Krešimir Mikić), who has a crush on Iva, the prostitute Lidija (Jadranka Đokić), an abused housewife, a widower keeping the corpse of his newly deceased wife, a gynecologist (Boris Miholjević) performing abortions in one flat of the house and an ex-soldier who regularly plays martial music at night. The characters are meant to display the madness of the post-war Croatian society.

Marija's conservative religious father secretly stalks his daughter and pays Lidija to try to seduce Iva, which fails.

After Olga finds out that Iva and Marija are lesbians, the situation escalates to rape, murder and kidnapping.


Awards and nominationsEdit

Pula Film Festival 2002Edit

  • Audience Award "Golden Gate Pula"[3]
  • Big Golden Arena[3]
  • Golden Arena[3]
    • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Ivica Vidović[3]
    • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olga Pakalović[3]
    • Best Director: Dalibor Matanić[3]

Geneva Cinéma Tout Ecran 2003Edit

  • Young Jury Award – Dalibor Matanić[4]

Sochi International Film Festival 2003Edit

  • Special Jury Award – Dalibor Matanić[5] (tied with At kende sandheden (2002))
  • Golden Rose – Dalibor Matanić (nominated)

75th Academy AwardsEdit

  • Croatia's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (not nominated)[6][7]


  1. ^ Polimac, Nenad (30 July 2002). "Fine mrtve djevojke - najbolji hrvatski film od Maršala". Nacional (in Croatian). Zagreb. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  2. ^ Malašić Lazić, Gordana (17 June 2016). "Pula film festival: Najbolji filmovi u posljednjih 25 godina su…". (in Croatian). Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "FINE MRTVE DJEVOJKE". Pula Film Festival (in Croatian). Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  4. ^ "PALMARES 2003". Geneva International Film Festival (in French). Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Film "Fine mrtve djevojke" nagrađen na festivalu u Rusiji". (in Croatian). Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Fine mrtve djevojke". (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  7. ^ "The 75th Academy Awards (2003) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 23 May 2011.

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