A disarmingly nuanced performance by newcomer Loti Kovačič shepherds audiences through and around a family untethered by loss.
It's a simple set-up for a story simply told, but there are multitudes held in Moja Vesna’s pregnant pauses.
Ten-year-old Moja lives with her grief-stricken Slovenian dad and pregnant twenty-year-old sister Vesna in an outer suburb of Melbourne. Unable to accept the reality of her mother’s sudden passing, an over-functioning Moja focuses on preparing for the baby while Vesna is lost in troubles of her own. After meeting Miranda and her quirky daughter Danger, a family very different from her own, Moja’s world begins to open up.
Sara Kern's emotionally potent debut feature is an astute observation of a family disconnected by grief. Newcomer Loti Kovačič (aged ten at the time of filming) gives a quietly mature and restrained debut performance as Moja, commanding every scene with a pensive intensity. Alongside her is Mackenzie Mazur who also makes her feature film debut and Australian icon of film and television Claudia Karvan who arrives in Moja's life when she needs kindness and comfort.
Developed as part of the TIFF Talent Lab, Torino Script Lab, and Cannes’ Cinéfondation Residence from 2017 to 2018, the film made its premiere at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2022.
– Reece Goodwin (Curator, Film & TV)
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