Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
Croazia – Brasile – USA – Slovenia / Croatia – Brazil – USA – Slovenia
2021, HD, col., 92’
v.o. croata – inglese / Croatian – English o.v.
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Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, Frank Graziano. Fotografia / Photography: Hélène Louvart, Zoran Mikinčić-Budin (fotografia subacquea / underwater cinematographer). Montaggio / Editing: Vladimir Gojun. Musica / Music: Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine. Suono / Sound: Julij Zornik. Scenografia / Art Director: Ivan Veljača. Costumi / Costume Designer: Amela Bakšić. Interpreti / Cast: Gracija Filipović, Danica Čurčić, Leon Lučev, Cliff Curtis. Produzione / Produced by: Antitalent, RT Features. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Spiritus Movens Production, SPOK Films, Staragara. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Slovenian Film Centre, Viba Film, Croatian Radiotelevision, RTV Slovenia. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: The Match Factory.
Tensions rise between restless teenager Julija and her oppressive father Ante when an old family friend arrives at their Croatian island home. As Ante attempts to broker a life-changing deal, their tranquil yet isolated existence leaves Julija wanting more from this influential visitor, who provides a taste of liberation over a weekend laid bare to desire and violence.
Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Murina was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes 2021, where the film won the Caméra d’Or for Best Debut Film.
“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 … Chauvinism is so deeply rooted in our society that we often mistake it for our cultural mentality. The father implements it because it suits him, the mother supports it because she is raised to do so. For Julija, chauvinism is an antagonistic force so present as a response to her every action that she mistakes its boundaries for her own potential … Julija lives in a physical paradise on a Croatian island, but in a society obsessed with getting rich quick by selling away its own essence, where a daughter’s strength is mistaken for her father’s weakness, and land’s value is mistaken for profit. Julija has an intuition for these dynamics … She is like the murina, the moray eel, an animal that will bite its own flesh to break free from a fisherman. Her power is her faith in herself, in nature, and in the unknown. Her power is that she refuses to be silenced.” (A. Alamat Kusijanović)
Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
Croatian writer and director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, New York based, was born in 1985 Dubrovnik. She holds an MA from Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and an MFA in screenwriting and directing from Columbia University in New York. In 2018 the Trieste FF presented her short Into the Blue, also starring Gracija Filipović. Murina is her feature debut and was selected at the Pula, Sarajevo and Toronto film festivals, among others.
filmografia scelta / selected filmography
2013 Nonina cm / sf 2015 Oko za Oko cm / sf 2017 U plavetnilo (Into the Blue) cm / sf; Premi / Awards: Sarajevo FF – Miglior cortometraggio / Best Short Film; Berlinale – Menzione speciale della giuria generazione 14+ / Special Mention of the Generation 14+ Jury 2021 Murina; Premi / Awards: Cannes – Camera d’or per la Miglior opera prima / Best Debut Film; Pula FF – Miglior attrice non protagonista, Miglior esordiente, Premio del pubblico / Best Supporting Actress, Best Debutant, Audience Award.