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  • Nermina Lukac's electrifying performance as Raša is the heart of director Gabriela Pichler's feature debut. A Montenegrin-born young woman living in rural Sweden, Raša is laid off from her job at a food-packing plant. Her ensuing job search pulls us through the maze of limited prospects and frustrating bureaucracy facing the country's working immigrant population. Affable, resilient, street smart and soft-hearted, Raša's natural magnetism draws us in completely. We feel every ounce of her disappointment, fear and elation as she soldiers on, looking for work. An Audience Award winner at the Venice Film Festival, EAT SLEEP DIE's assured naturalism and political conviction single out Pichler as a bold, exciting new cinematic voice. Her film is a positive rallying cry for low-wage workers who dream of a life that won't merely add up to the three verbs that form the film's title. —Mike Dougherty

    Grand Jury, New Auteurs Winner

  • Gabriela Pichler was born in Huddinge, Sweden, in 1980 and attended film school in Gothenburg. She has directed the short films NÅNGÅNG, LEDA and SCRATCHES, which won prizes at Munich, Karlovy Vary and the Uppsala Short Film Festival. EAT SLEEP DIE, her debut feature, was the winner of the Critics Week Audience Award at the Venice Film Festival.
  • Gunnar Almer
    Swedish Film Institute

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