Croatian film “Murina” by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović has won the Camera d’Or – Golden Camera – award at the Cannes Film Festival last night.
The Camera d’Or is the official festival award and is awarded to the best debut film within all festival programs, with 31 titles competing this year.
This is the first time since Croatian independence that a Croatian feature film has been included in the Directors’ Fortnight (La Quinzaine des réalisateurs) programme, which has been held since 1969 as part of the Cannes Film Festival, and brings short and feature films and documentaries from all over the world.
Director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović was born in Dubrovnik. She completed her studies of production at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, and then directing at Columbia University in the USA. Prior to Murina, she directed the short film Into the Blue, which won awards in Berlin and The Heart of Sarajevo and was nominated for a Student Oscar.
Murina is a psychological family drama set over the course of four days on one of the Croatian islands, largely inspired by the director’s multi-award-winning fiction short Into the Blue. The film was shot on the island of Hvar, the Kornati archipelago and the island of Koločep near Dubrovnik.
The screenplay was co-written by Frank Graziano, the producers of the film are Danijel Pek (Antitalent) and Rodrigo Teixeira (RT Features), and the co-producers are Zdenka Gold (Spiritus movens), Jožko Rutar (SPOK Films) and Miha Černec (Staragara).
The film’s creative team also includes Helene Louvart (director of photography), Ivan Veljača (production designer), Amela Bakšić (costume designer), Snježana Gorup (make-up artist), Julij Zornik (sound designer), Vlado Gojun (editor), Poster (visual effects) and Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine (music composers). Staring in the film are Gracija Filipović, Leon Lučev, Danica Ćurčić and Cliff Curtis.