Thirteen year old Julija and her mother flee their abusive household to find refuge on an idyllic croatian island where Julija grew up. Emotionally scarred, Julija is desperate to reconnect with her best friend, Ana. But Ana is in love with a boy and Julija is no longer a priority. Ana’s mounting rejection re-ignites Julija’s wounds and family history, awakening the monster of violence she thought she’s left behind.
Antoneta Kusijanovic is a writer-director born in Dubrovnik whose dramas explore the darker side of desire, the limits of family, and the danger of secrets. Her short “Into the Blue” was awarded a Special International Jury Mention at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, the Youth Jury Award at the 63rd Oberhausen Film Festival, the Heart of Sarajevo at the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival, Grand Prix at Chicago International Children Film Festival, and was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Currently she is attending Jerusalem Film Lab and the Résidence du Festival of Cinéfondation in Paris where she is developing her first feature film, MURINA, about a Croatian family swept onto an island that reveals the hidden violence between parents, lovers, and their children.