Scene from the film Murina
image from the film MURINA
image: MURINA

“If Patricia Highsmith had ever written a coming-of-age story set on the rocky, clear-watered Croatian coastline, it might have looked a lot like Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović’s bright, brooding debut, Murina, which quietly with a sinister Adriatic sparkle, makes the compelling case that even without labyrinthine murder plots or hard-bitten private eyes, a young girl’s passage into adulthood can be the perfect, darkly dazzling vehicle for a sunshine noir.” (Variety)

Winner of Cannes’ Camera d’Or (for the best first feature), Murina centers on the life of 17-year-old Julija (in what Kino Lorber calls “a ferocious, star-making central performance by Gracija Filipovic“), who spends her days diving for eels with her overbearing father Ante, while envying the tourists sunning nearby. Then a rich, handsome, mysterious stranger appears with an offer to buy their land, setting off fireworks between Julija, her mother Nela, and Ante.

“Kusijanovic’s feature-length debut is nothing short of revelatory.… Beautiful scenery, nuanced performances, and canny filmmaking provide one of the most memorable coming-of-age stories of the 2020s so far. This is the perfect film to see on the big screen and is one that can’t be missed.” (Film Threat)

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Ithaca Premiere
In Croatian, Spanish and English with English subtitles