MURINAAntoneta Alamat Kusijanovic
The Cannes Festival Camera d’Or winner and recipient of another thirty film prizes around the world. Masterfully narrated and beautifully shot, this coming of age story set on an idyllic Croatian island, dissects patriarchy, oppression and a taste of freedom with superb precision.
Croatia, Brazil, USA, Slovenia | 2021 | 92 min
PRODUCTION: Danijel Pek, Rodrigo Teixeira – Antitalent, RT Features; Spiritus Movens, SPOK Films, Staragara
CAST: Gracija Filipovic, Danica Curcic, Leon Lucev, Cliff Curtis
SCREENPLAY: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic, Frank Graziano
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Helene Louvart (AFC)
EDITING: Vladimir Gojun
Julia is a teenager who lives on a remote island with her oppressive father and submissive mother. She feels lonely and yearns for a different life. Her isolated existence is shaken up when a family friend arrives. She suddenly feels that freedom is almost within reach, but the tensions rise between her and her father as the guest shamelessly flirts with Julia and her mother. This sets off a subtle battle between the two men resulting in even more humiliation for Julia. Nevertheless, Julia enjoys the attention and praise she gets from the charming guest, but will he be her ticket to freedom and the solution to all of her problems?
The screening will be followed by Q&A with actress Gracija Filipovic.
In Murina I wanted to explore the tensions of a family invaded by a foreigner, an outsider who propels a girl’s inner power to confront the limitations of the mentality she’s known her whole life. The story is set in stark nature – where emotions are heightened and exposed by the sea, sun, and rocks as if on a plate, burning – where the senses tempt the physical world to merge inevitably with the spiritual.
Festivals & Awards (selection)
Cannes Film Festival, 2021 – Caméra D’or for Best First Film | Hamptons IFF, 2021 – Best Narrative Feature | Cinemamed, Bruxelles 2021 – Grand Prix, Prix Cineuropa, Critic’s Jury Special Mention | Les Arcs Film Festival, 2021 – Femme de Cinéma | Bucharest IFF, 2021 – Best Film | CinEast, 2021 – Grand Prix | Pula FF, 2021 – Best Debutant, Best Supporting Actress, Golden Gate of Pula | Sofia IFF, 2022 – Best Balkan Film
Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic is a writer-director born in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and currently based in New York. Her short, Into the Blue, was nominated for a Student Academy Award, and won awards at the Berlin IFF, Sarajevo FF, Oberhausen FF, and the Festival de Premier Plans, Angers, among many others. Antoneta’s first feature film, Murina, developed with the support of the Résidence du Festival Cannes, Cinéfondation, First Films First by the Goethe-Institut, and Jerusalem Film Lab is produced by Martin Scorsese Sikelia, RT features and Antitalent. Antoneta holds an MA from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and an MFA in screenwriting and directing from Columbia University in New York. She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Lab, Sarajevo Talent Lab, La Femis Producing Atelier, and the Marcie Bloom Fellowship, and is a member of the Academy.