Award Winning Coming-of-Age Drama “Murina” Gets U.S. Trailer

The winner of the Caméra d'Or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival finally has a trailer and stateside release date.

Presented by Martin Scorsese and distributed by Kino Lorber, Murina marks the directorial debut of Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović. Based on her short film Into the Blue, Murina tells the story of 17-year-old Julija. Raised on a remote island on the coast of Croatia, her life changes when a wealthy investor (Cliff Curtis) arrives with an offer to buy the family's land. Julija sees this as her ticket out of a repressive household, but her flirtatious ways bring out her father's anger even more. The film received terrific reviews during its festival run, with one critic comparing it to the works of Patricia Highsmith.

Murina opens in New York City on July 8. A rollout to additional cities will follow.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.