THIRSTY

ŽEDAN

By Aleksandra NIEMCZYK

FILM FACTORY - as SALES

First film - Development 2015

Sarajevo, the year 2021: Mirna, a poor taxidermist, becomes a vampire after a botched operation.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • First film
    • Countries
    • BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
    • Languages
    • BOSNIAN
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Director(s)
    • Aleksandra NIEMCZYK
    • Writer(s)
    • Graeme COLE
    • Producer(s)
    • Emina GANIĆ (FILM.FACTORY), Sunčica FRADELIĆ (Kino Klub Split)
    • Synopsis
    • Sarajevo, New Years Eve, 2020 AD. The city riots against the future – “No Change!” “2021 Never!”
      Mirna, 35, is at her grandmother’s deathbed. “God is dead,” she tells the old woman. “They wrote it in the papers.” Grandmother dies. Mirna returns to her basement taxidermy studio to drown her sorrows, surrounded by stuffed animals.
      Days later, Mirna is approached by Dr Oleg Ransaq. His teenage daughter has died and he is lost in grief. He proposes to pay Mirna to stuff the girl’s corpse, to mount her using her taxidermy craft. Mirna refuses the job as absolutely immoral.
      After her grandmother’s funeral, Mirna damages her hand in an accident. She cannot work and she has no money, so Mirna is forced to return to Dr Ransaq and ask him to mend her. He agrees to give Mirna a robotic hand, if she will stuff his daughter in exchange.
      But with Mirna asleep under anaesthetic, Ransaq accidentally cuts the wrong vein. Ransaq tries giving Mirna a blood transfusion, but it fails and Mirna dies. She wakes in the middle of the night: the blood transfusion was infected, and she has become a vampire.
      Mirna infects her elderly lover, Professor Zec. Sarajevo politicians introduce violent new anti- vampire measures, and Mirna is forced to flee to the provinces with Zec. There is a train accident, and Professor Zec is burned out of existence. It seems that Mirna has also died.
      In Sarajevo, an exhibition of Mirna’s stuffed animals is a huge success, because now Mirna is dead she is considered a great artist. She secretly returns to Sarajevo. Mirna and Ransaq realise they are in love. Ransaq begins to work on a cure for vampirism.
      While Ransaq runs tests, Mirna begins to create her own museum of living taxidermy – including her own family. She employs Ransaq’s daughter Gretal as an assistant.
      Mirna visits Dr Ransaq’s new laboratory and he tries his cure on her. The lab is invaded by vampire hunters. Believing Ransaq’s daughter has betrayed her, Mirna bites her: Ransaq reveals that it was he who betrayed Mirna, in return for the funds for his new laboratory.
      Mirna escapes to her studio, but is followed by Gretal. The girl infects Mirna’s stuffed pets, and they awaken and begin to attack. Cornered, as the sun starts to rise, Mirna must choose – a final, bloody fate, or the flaming destruction of her life’s work?
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