FNE at Festival of Slovenian Film Portorož 2022: Moja Vesna

    Moja Vesna by Sara Kern shooting Moja Vesna by Sara Kern shooting credit: Cvinger Film

    PORTOROŽ: Sara Kern’s family drama Moja Vesna will be screened in the competition of the 25th Festival of Slovenian Film Portorož (25 - 30 October 2022). This Slovenian/Australian coproduction is Kern’s first feature film.

    Moja is a 10-year-old girl who lives with her grieving Slovenian father and her pregnant sister Vesna in an outer suburb of Melbourne. Unable to come to terms with the sudden loss of her mother, Moja focuses on the upcoming baby, while Vesna is lost in problems of her own. Bright and resolute, Moja hopes that her big sister can fill the mother-shaped hole in her life.

    “Woven through this character-driven story are memories, dreams and feelings of my own childhood, where I learned how to appear ‘mature’ and ‘wise’ because this allowed me to maintain a certain closeness with the adults around me,” says director Sara Kern in a statement.

    Moja Vesna was produced by Rok Biček through Cvinger film, and Gal Greenspan and Sharlene Georg through Australian Sweetshop & Green. The project was supported by the Slovenian Film Centre and Screen Australia, co-financed with the support of RTV Slovenija and Film Victoria (Australia), and developed through the Torino Film Lab and Cannes Cinéfondation Residence.

    ”The budget is 1.5 m EUR,” Rok Biček told FNE, adding that the sound and picture postproduction took place in Slovenia through 001, Teleking and FS Viba film.

    The film is scheduled to be released in Slovenian cinemas by Demiurg in November 2022.

    Wide Management is handling the sales.

    Sara Kern (born in 1970) graduated in film directing from the AGRFT. She worked as a screenwriter for the Slovenian National Television’s Children and Youth Programme for several years before moving to Australia. Her short film Good Luck Orlo! (2016) premiered at Venice Orizzonti and received Štiglič's View for directing, an award from the Directors Guild of Slovenia.

    Production Information:

    Cvinger film (Slovenia)
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    Moja Vesna by Sara Kern shooting, credit: Cvinger FilmSweetshop & Green (Australia)
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    Director: Sara Kern
    Screenwriter: Sara Kern
    DoP: Lev Predan Kowarski
    Editors: Haim Tabakman, Hayley Miro Browne
    Production designer: Maddison Haywood
    Costume designer: Ellen Stainstreet
    Make-up artist: Julz Mayberry
    Sound designer: Julij Zornik
    Cast: Loti Kovačič, Mackenzie Mazur, Gregor Baković, Claudia Karvan, Flora Feldman