First Films First


(Croatia, Brazil, USA, Slovenia)


Producers: Danijel Pek, Rodrigo Teixeira
Writers: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, Frank Graziano
Casting manager: Timka Grin
Director of photography: Hélène Louvart (afc)
Underwater cinematographer: Zoran Mikinčić-Budin
Editor: Vladimir Gojun
Original compositions: Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine
Sound designer: Julij Zornik
Production designer: Ivan Veljača
Costume designer: Amela Bakšić
Festivals: Cannes FF 2021 Directors\’ Fortnight, Pula Film Festival 2021 Opening Film
Awards: Camera D\’or
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.


We made it for all audiences, but primarily with young girls in mind, I would say, for our 16-year-old selves… and women were my inspiration in making Murina. Chauvinism is so deeply rooted in our society that we often mistake it for mentality. It is also one of the main antagonists of our heroine Julia, and Julia often mistakes its shackles for the limits of her potential. Julia lives “in paradise” on one of the Croatian islands, in a society obsessed with wealth acquired swiftly and easily, it is a society that sells off its land and heritage, a society lacking the desire to work and learn, that capitalizes on the generations that came before it – that is how dreams die and heritage is eroded. The daughter’s strength is interpreted as the father’s weakness, while family land is sold off for profit. Julia is the start herald of a new generation, of intuitive women who unmask these stale dynamics. I see this strength in young women in Croatia, it is growing, becoming stronger, flourishing and I admire it. It is the strength that lies in the wisdom and knowledge, in the confidence in one’s abilities, the faith in the divine in the unfamiliar – the strength that will not be silenced.


Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic is a writer-director born in Dubrovnik, based in New York. Her short Into the Blue, was nominated for a Student Academy Award, and won awards at the Berlin International Film Fesival, Sarajevo Film Festival, Cannes FF 2021 Directors\’ Fortnight, Pula Film Festival 2021 Opening Film, Oberhausen Film Festival, Festival de Premier Plans, Angers, among many others. Antoneta’s first feature film MURINA developed with support from the RĂ©sidence du Festival Cannes, CinĂ©fondation, First Films First by the Goethe-Institute, and Jerusalem Film Lab is produced by Martin Scorsese Sikelia, RT features and Antitalent. Antoneta holds an MA from Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and an MFA in screenwriting and directing from Columbia University in New York. Antoneta is an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Lab, Sarajevo Talent Lab, La Femis Producing Atelier, and the Marcie Bloom Fellowship and the member of the Academy.

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2021 Murina
2017 I Into the Blue (short)
2016 If We Must Die (short)
2015 Christmas Tree (short)
2015 Eye for an Eye (short)
2013 Nonina (short)
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