Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović is a Croatian-American filmmaker known for her meticulously crafted narratives, unflinching exploration of power dynamics and innate artistic sensibility. Seamlessly blending the rich traditions of auteur filmmaking with the innovative energy of contemporary film, Antoneta approaches each project with an unwavering commitment to cinematic excellence, quickly carving a niche for herself as a fearless and distinctive talent.
Her first feature film Murina was globally lauded for its masterful depiction of family tensions. Following its debut at the Cannes Film Festival where it secured the Caméra d’Or Award for Best First Film, Murina also received nominations from the DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film and from the Film Independent Spirit Awards across categories including Best First Feature, Best Breakthrough Performer, and Best Cinematography.
With her latest short film “Stane,” featured as part of the Women’s Tales series for Miu Miu, Antoneta established herself among a distinguished cohort of female filmmakers who have contributed to the collection. Skillfully navigating the complex layers of gender dynamics, familial ties, and cultural pressures prevalent in a close-knit Croatian community in New York, Antoneta captures the profound nuances of identity and expression, reshaping the traditional paradigms of fashion advertising. The film was also awarded at CICLOPE this year.
A true pioneering force, Antoneta continues to make work that is at once gripping, bold and profoundly intimate. With each new project imbued with a rare blend of visceral impact and emotionality, she reaffirms her position as a standout director with a rich and singular vision.