The first day of the visiting Motovun programme offers the drama film My Morning Laughter, a story of a 30-year-old manchild named Dejan (and an entire generation raised in a bell jar), who finally has to take responsibility and confront life.

Dejan is nearing thirty, still a virgin. The fact that he still lives with an alcoholic father and an overprotective mother is of no help. Hoping that the friendship with his colleague at work could turn into something more, Dejan seeks help from a local clairvoyant; but the séance ends with his humiliation. Having finally decided he’s got nothing to lose, Dejan sets on a mission to become his own man.

This regional comedy of despair uses an entertaining and intimate approach to depict an entire generation facing a growing-up crisis and forced to still live with their parents. The film premiered in Rotterdam.

In typical festival fashion, the feature film will be preceded by a short film, the Montenegrin drama The Visit by Đorđe Vojvodić.

Stefan is a student from Montenegro living in Berlin. He shares an apartment with his boyfriend and hides it from his family. When his parents come to visit him for the weekend, Stefan’s life turns upside down.