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On a remote island along Croatia’s Adriatic coast, 17-year-old Julija spends her days diving for eel with her domineering father Ante and watching other teens party on a nearby yacht. Julija bristles at Ante’s heavy handed cruelty and resents her mother Nela’s passivity. She longs for independence but is unsure how to achieve it, until the arrival of the rich and mysterious Javier seems to offer a way out. Javier is considering buying Ante’s land to build a resort, which would allow the family to escape their island isolation. Javier flirts shamelessly with Nela and Julija, setting off a subtle battle of hypermasculine one-upmanship. Flattered by Javier’s praise and stories of traveling the world, Julija sees him as the solution to all her problems. But does his affection portend freedom, or something else? Croatia, 2021, 96 minutes, in Croatian and English, with English subtitles, unrated.
Winner: Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival
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Winner of the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, lensed by award-winning cinematographer Hélène Louvart (The Lost Daughter, Never Rarely Sometimes Always), and Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese, Murina features a ferocious, star-making central performance by Gracija Filipovic and sumptuous images of the Mediterranean. Equal parts fiery feminist outcry and stirring coming-of-age drama, the film announces director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic as a major new talent in world cinema.
“An exceptional debut… the perfect, darkly dazzling vehicle for a sunshine noir.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety
“An impressively tense, psychologically astute drama.” – Los Angeles Times
“A slow burn of a movie, one that doesn’t end in a detonation but with an enigma. Nevertheless, it’s one of the more coherent and satisfying narrative releases of the year.” – rogerebert.com
A gripping power struggle, from first moment to last. – The Hollywood Reporter
“Tense, gorgeous, award-winning debut film.” – Vulture
“A superb study in sustained subliminal menace… takes aim at the patriarchy with sinister restraint.” – Screen International
“Moody and mysterious. A taut psychodrama that makes subtle but impactful statements about misogyny and personal choice.” – Little White Lies
“Mesmerizing… a seaside Croatian sensation.” – The A.V. Club
“A vivid picture of a troubled paradise.” – The Wrap
“Murina is an intoxicating deep dive into oppression, the taste of freedom, and that first glimpse of understanding how complex the adult world can be, all in the name of discovering oneself.” – Alliance of Women Film Journalists
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