Rift in the Ice

by Maja Miloš

Razpoka v ledu, orig. Pukotina u ledu, coproduction, fiction, digital DCP, c, 100 min
In production Q3 2023
RS, SI, HR, IT, NL, ME

A contemporary fairy-tale that explores women`s integrity and sexuality in our harsh reality. Marija is an ice skater living with her father, a lorry driver, on the outskirts of Belgrade. Crushed by grief because her mother died three years ago, Marija cannot express her flaming sexuality. She perceives it as her big secret that haunts her and makes her feel unworthy. Marija’s father gets close to a woman, who moves in with her two daughters. Because of financial troubles Marija is forced to make some extra money for her family. She wants to protect her father by hiding her jobs, which introduce her to the world where women are sexually exploited. That puts even more pressure on her suppressed sexuality. Marija can no longer confide in her father. Her stepmother starts having angry outbursts, which escalate into physical abuse. Marija has to give up ice skating. She feels trapped. However, the love of one of the most desirable young businessmen gives her the strength to accept herself and her sexuality.

screenwriter
Maja Miloš
director
Maja Miloš
producer
Jelena Mitrović
co-producers
Srdan Golubović, Jožko Rutar, Danijel Hočevar, Boris T. Matić, Lana Matić, Ines Vasiljević, Denis Vaslin, Ivan Bakrač
director of photography
Vladimir Simić
film editor
Nenad Popović
production designer
Marija Jocić
costume designer
Ivana Majstorović Kesić
key make-up artist
Mojca Gorogranc Petrushevska
featuring
Jovana Stojiljković, Marko Grabež, Anđela Jovanović, Nataša Ninkovič, Ljuba Bandović, Barbara Nola, Goran Navojec, Dejan Aćimović
production
Film House Baš Čelik
co-production
SPOK Films, Vertigo, Propeler film, Nightswim, Volya Films, Quadrifolium Films
co-funding
Slovenian Film Centre, Film Center Serbia, Creative Europe - MEDIA, Film Studio Viba Film, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (MiBAC), Nederlands Filmfonds, KMBO, Film Centre od Montenegro, Eurimages, Netherlands Film Production Incentive

Zavod SPOK

Jožko Rutar
+386 41 378 527
jozko.rutar@gmail.com

Maja Miloš (1983, Belgrade, RS) graduated in Film Directing from the University of Arts in Belgrade in 2008. She directed 11 short films during her studies, including Interval (2003) and Si Tu Timažin (2004). In 2005, she took part in the Berlinale Talent Campus and in 2006 she attended the Documentary Film School in Paris. For her first feature Clip (2012) she won numerous awards at important international and domestic festivals, including the Tiger Award for the best film at the Rotterdam IFF.

“I chose the narrative motifs from Cinderella because the heart of this more than 2000-year-old fairy-tale teaches girls that a woman, upon embracing her sexuality, becomes a princess. Rift in the Ice, above all, explores love in a harsh environment and its power to help us discover and accept ourselves.”