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A young burglar breaks into a home of an older couple. After getting caught, the couple sets him trapped and use him for their twisted desire of playing family with him. Later discovering their loss, he gets put to sleep and is faced with a stay or leave decision in the morning.

  • Djordje Mikovic
  • Djordje Mikovic
  • Fareed Kairon
  • Joe Wilkins
    Key Cast
  • Kjel Bennett
    Key Cast
  • Julie Kayla
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Drama, Absurd, Horror, Dark
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 7, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Sony FS7
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Director Biography - Djordje Mikovic

Born & raised in Montenegro. Graduated from EICAR international film school in Paris, as a cinematographer.
Grounded is his directorial debut.

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Director Statement

Grounded is a psychological thriller that embraces the absurdity of it's concept: a teenage burglar forced into being the "son" of the old couple he was trying to rob. They seem to display real "affection" for the burglar despite the circumstances. The old man and woman are first presented as exaggerated caricatures that slowly reveal themselves as complex, deeply layered characters harboring immense pain. The film is ultimately about finding the humanity within the absurd and using it to challenge the morality of the audience.