88 minutes – Drama
Language: English and Serbian with English subtitles
Festival release date: September 7, 2019 (Toronto International Film Festival, World Premiere)
Release date: April 17, 2020 (Toronto, Bell TIFF Lightbox)
Production company: Wildling Pictures
Canadian distributor: Mongrel Media
Jasna (Mirjana Jokovic), a talented and ambitious Serbian architect, wants to create a better future in Toronto for her teenage daughter Nina (Nina Kiri), but her mental illness proves to be a major challenge in their relationship. With the aid of her medication, Jasna holds a steady but menial job at a kitchen store for a boss she feels is far beneath her. One day, Jasna gets the opportunity to prove herself and build the project of her dreams, but in order to do so, she must risk her stability and fragile relationship with Nina who is already on the verge of leaving her. Meanwhile, Nina, confused by her tumultuous home life hits bottom socially and academically. But when a work placement at a theatre company unexpectedly builds her confidence, she begins to believe in new possibilities for her future. With eviction looming, and Jasna’s mental illness worsening, tension rises. Soon Nina faces a tough decision — chase a future full of possibility, or stay, helping Jasna build again, the better life they had dreamed of.
Easy Land had its World Premiere at TIFF 2019.