Moja Vesna

by Sara Kern

Moja Vesna, 2022, fiction, digital DCP, 1,33:1 (4:3), 24, c, 77 min

Moja is a 10-year-old girl who lives with her grieving Slovenian father and her pregnant sister Vesna (20) 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.

Sara Kern
Sara Kern
Gal Greenspan, Rok Biček, Sharlene George
Katy Roberts
supervising producer
Antje Kulpe
director of photography
Lev Predan Kowarski
film editors
Hayley Miro Browne, Haim Tabakman
production designer
Maddison Haywood
costume designer
Ellen Stanistreet
key make-up artist
Julz Mayberry
sound designer
Julij Zornik
Loti Kovačič, Mackenzie Mazur, Gregor Baković, Claudia Karvan, Flora Feldman, Fiona Stewart, Rosanna Sciulli, Isaac Heim
Cvinger film, Sweet Shop & Green
RTV Slovenija
Slovenian Film Centre, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, MIFF Premiere Fund
Demiurg (Slovenia)
Wide Managment
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.

“The project was developed at TIFF Talent Lab (2017), Torino Script Lab (2018), and Cannes’ Cinéfondation Residence (2018).”

Berlin International Film Festival, Generation, 2022

Prešeren's Fund Award best feature film (Ministrstvo za kulturo Republike Slovenije, 2024) , Štigličev Pogled Award best directing (Directors Guild of Slovenia, 2023) , Arthouse Cinema Network Award best film (Festival of Slovenian Film, 2022) , 2 Vesna Award awards (Festival of Slovenian Film, 2022)