Non-professional actor Loti Kovacic [pictured] will play the lead role of Moja (10) following an extensive search. Newcomer Mackenzie Masur will play Vesna. In Moja Vesna, Moja “becomes the unexpected grown-up of her fragmented family, immigrants to suburban Melbourne, seeking to reconcile her troubled, pregnant older sister, Vesna, and disconsolate father, Milos,” according to a press release.
Slovenian actor Gregor Baković plays Milos, with Claudia Karvan also in the cast as Miranda, the mother of Moja’s best friend.
Writer/Director Sara Kern’s short film Good Luck, Orlo! premiered at the Venice Film Festival and also screened at Toronto.
“We’re thrilled to see this special project reach production,” said Sweetshop and Green’s Gal Greenspan, who is producing Moja Vesna, which was developed through the Torino Film Lab and Cannes Cinéfondation Residence. “Sara is a very talented and unique filmmaker. Over the last few years, she has built an incredible world through the script, team and cast she’s brought together for Moja Vesna. We look forward to sharing her first feature with audiences in 2022.”
“We are very grateful to our Australian and Slovenian colleagues who have been instrumental in bringing this first ever Slovenian-Australian co-production to life in Melbourne” added Rok Biček, founder of Cvinger Film, who is also producing. “It will be fascinating to see Director Sara Kern and Slovenian cinematographer Lev Predan Kowarski teaming up together again to work their magic and create another gem in Australia.”
Moja Vesna received production investment from Screen Australia, and is financed with support from Film Victoria and Radio Television Slovenija (RTV).
“Sara’s beautifully nuanced script for her debut feature impressed our development team at Film Victoria from the very start,” said Caroline Pitcher, CEO of Film Victoria. “We’re excited to now support Moja Vesna to commence production in Melbourne and to see Sara, Gal and their team of talented creators bring her distinctive vision to life.”
Moja Vesna will shoot in and around the suburbs of Sunshine North, St Albans, Collingwood and Kew.