Five New York divas close up. The thing that in addition to their friendship links these gifted, confident and beautiful women; a painter, an actress and three musicians, is their shared homeland, former Yugoslavia. Looked at from this distance, far away from the events of the war, a surprisingly different view emerges.
Mirjana, Milica, Sandra, Vesna and Danijela belong to a generation of young people from Serbia who left the country long before war broke out in a quest to fulfil their dreams elsewhere. They left behind a country which no longer exists. Nostalgia and the issue of cultural identity leave their mark on the art and everyday life of these women.
For Andrea Staka, a filmmaker of Croatian-Bosnian extraction who grew up in Switzerland, the stories of these women reflect her own.
Through captivating and empathising images the film sensitively approaches the artists and their work. Personal memories and reflections replace the flood of media reports.
Andrea Štaka (born 1973) graduated from the MFA film program at the School of Visual Arts in Zurich. Her films HOTEL BELGRAD and YUGODIVAS have brought her great recognition at film festivals such as Locarno and Sundance and have won several awards. Both films were nominated for Best Film at the Swiss Film Awards and theatrically released in Switzerland. In 2005 Andrea Štaka received a NYSCA Individual Artist Grant (New York State Council on the Arts) and spent 7 years in New York. FRAULEIN is her first feature film. It won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, the Heart of Sarajevo and the Swiss Film Award for Best Script. In 2007 Andrea Štaka founded Okofilm Productions together with director and producer Thomas Imbach. Andrea lives in Zurich.