Moja Vesna

by Sara Kern

Moja Vesna, 2022, fiction, digital DCP

Bright 10-year-old Moja lives with her hardworking Slovenian father and her pregnant sister Vesna (20) in an outer suburb of Melbourne. Grieving after the recent loss of her mother, Moja tries hard to make her big sister fill the mother-shaped hole in her life, but Vesna is lost in problems of her own. Ill-equipped to navigate the complexities of Vesna’s situation and her mental state, Moja tries in vain to create a healthy family environment. When Vesna decides to leave the family and her infant, Moja realises that together with her father, they have the love required to be a family.

Sara Kern
Sara Kern
Rok Biček, Gal Greenspan
director of photography
Lev Predan Kowarski
film editor
Hayley Miro Browne
Loti Kovačič, Mackenzie Mazur, Gregor Baković, Claudia Karvan, Flora Feldman
Cvinger film, Sweet Shop & Green
RTV Slovenija
Slovenian Film Centre, Screen Australia, Film Victoria
Sara Kern

Sara Kern (1989) is a Slovenian-born writer and director based in Melbourne (AU). She graduated in film directing from the University of Ljubljana‘s Academy of Theatre, Film, Radio and Television in 2013. Kern worked as a screenwriter for Slovenian National Television’s Children and Youth Programme for several years before moving to Australia. Her 2016 short Good Luck Orlo premiered at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and went on to be screened at TIFF, Chicago IFF and Seattle IFF. Kern was selected for TIFF Talent Lab (2017), Torino Script Lab (2018), and Cannes’ Cinéfondation Residence (2018) where she developed her debut feature Moja Vesna, filmed in 2021 and to be released in 2022.

Berlin International Film Festival, Generation, 2022