Murina triumphs at the Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival

– Croatian director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović’s debut feature won three awards at the 21st edition of the festival

Murina by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

Croatian director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović swept the poster of the 21st Cinémamed – Mediterranean Film Festival of Brussels where she won the Grand Jury Prize, the Cineuropa Prize ex-aequo, and the Critics’ Prize – Special Mention for her first feature, Murina [+see also:
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Discovered this summer at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, where the film won the prestigious Camera D’Or, Murina follows the journey towards the emancipation of a young woman determined to take charge of her destiny. Julija, a fiery teenager, and Ante, her bossy father, live a peaceful but isolated existence on a Croatian island. As Ante tries to negotiate a life-changing arrangement, a visit from an old family friend raises latent tensions. When this visitor arrives, Julija sees the opportunity for a new future and these few days bear the mark of desire and violence.

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The film won the Grand Jury Prize in Official Competition. The jury also chose to award its Special Jury Prize to the Greek film Apples [+see also:
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through Christos Nikou, discovered in the summer of 2020 at the Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti section, and already winner of several awards around the world, from Chicago to Dublin, from Seville to Ljubljana. A special mention was also awarded to A Chiara [+see also:
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through Jonas Carpignano

The films in the Official Competition were also judged by two other juries: the Critics’ Jury, which also awarded Apples (Critics’ Prize) and Murina (Critics’ Prize – Special Mention), and the Cineuropa Jury, which chose to award ex-aequo Murina and Hive [+see also:
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, the first feature film by the Kosovar filmmaker Blerta Bacholli, which also tells the fate of a woman but of another generation, following the emancipation of the war widow Fahrije while she frees herself to support her family.

The Festival shone the spotlight on the younger generations this year through a brand new section, called RêVolution. The RêVolution Grand Prix went, like most of the festival’s other awards, to a first feature film: La Traviata, my brothers and I [+see also:
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of the French actor and filmmaker Yohan Manca, presented in the Un Certain Regard section this summer at Cannes. An encouraging reward for the film which will be released in Belgium on January 5th. The RêVolution Jury also awarded a Special Mention to the Italian film California [+see also:
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through Alexandre cassigoli and Casey kauffman.

Finally, the Youth Jury Prize was awarded to the Franco-Turkish film The Terrible Children [+see also:
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through Ahmet Necdet Çupur, while the Audience Prize was awarded to Good mother [+see also:
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, the second feature film by the young French actress and filmmaker Hafsia Herzi.

The complete list of winners:

Official competition

Grand Jury Prize
Murina [+see also:
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– Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović (Croatia / Brazil / United States / Slovenia)

Special Jury Prize
Apples [+see also:
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interview: Christos Nikou
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– Christos Nikou (Greece / Poland / Slovenia)

Special mention from the jury
A Chiara [+see also:
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– Jonas Carpignano (Italy / France)

RêVolution Contest

RêVolution Prize
La Traviata, my brothers and I [+see also:
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– Yohan Manca (France)

RêVolution Prize – Special Mention
California [+see also:
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– Alessandro Cassigoli & Casey Kauffman (Italy)

Other rewards

Cineuropa Prize (ex-aequo)
Hive [+see also:
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– Blerta Basholli (Kosovo / Switzerland / North Macedonia / Albania)
Murina – Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

Critic’s Award
Apples – Christos Nikou

Critics’ Prize – Special Mention
Murina – Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

Youth Jury Prize
The Terrible Children [+see also:
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– Ahmet Necdet Çupur (France / Turkey / Germany)

Public Prize
Good mother [+see also:
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– Hafsia Herzi (France)

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(Translated from French)


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