AWFJ Presents CORPO CELESTE – Review by Erin Trahan

If a cinematic canon were to prioritize an adolescent girl’s point of view, Alice Rohrwacher’s Corpo Celeste from 2011 would top the list. The first of Rohrwacher’s now several features as writer-director of fiction, Corpo Celeste succeeds as a highly original coming-of-age story set among worn out but still potent Catholic traditions.

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MURINA – Review by Diane Carson

First time Croatian co-writer/director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović demonstrates a mature, profound insight into human psychology, male and female, young and middle-aged, in her feature film debut Murina. Set on the Adriatic coast, the family’s Croatian island home isolates seventeen-year-old Julija from the more enticing, liberated lives she observes as party boats visit their blue-water cove and rocky beach.

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MURINA – Review by Jennifer Green

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and winner of the 2021 Camera d’Or in Cannes for first-time feature director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, Murina is a slow-churning, disquieting tale of a young woman’s revelation that her life could have been entirely different than what it is, and her empowerment to change her future.

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MURINA (TIFF 2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

From the very first moments of the film, life underwater is presented as the norm from which events on land, in the human world, notably and uncomfortably deviate. Raised on the breathtaking land of her ancestors, the awkward, quiet Julija who slowly finds her voice during the film flourishes when diving, a water sprite as much as a teenage girl.

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