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Rift in the Ice

Maja Miloš, Jelena Mitrovic

Serbia, Italy, Slovenia


Marija is an ice skater who lives 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 without feeling unworthy. When Marija’s father gets close to a woman and moves in with her two daughters, Marija supports him but realizes that she cannot trust her new stepmother.

Due to financial troubles, Marija is forced to make extra money for her family. She wants to protect her father by hiding her job that introduces her to a world in which women are sexually exploited, and that puts even more pressure on her suppressed sexuality. She can no longer confide in her father. Her stepmother starts having anger outbursts that escalate into physical abuse, and Marija has to give up ice skating. She feels trapped.

The love of one of the most desirable young businessmen will give her the strength to accept herself and her sexuality.


Rift in the Ice addresses the issue of women’s integrity in a materialistic world filled with aggression, exaggerated ambition and competitiveness. Focused on the emotions of the main character, the film follows her intimate journey of self-acceptance outlining the scope of degradation and exploitation of women through various social ranks. The film will be authentic and raw with the intent to capture real life with no moralising or judging.

I am submerging narrative motives of fairytales in a contemporary story to explore how their humanistic ideas function today. The poetic, cruel scenes of the main character’s subconscious showing her deepest fears and her suppressed sexuality will add a dark fairytale feeling. In a clash with the authenticity of the rest of the film, it will bring a profound insight into the protagonist and a new sense of reality.

The film, above all, explores love in a harsh environment and shows its power to help us discover and accept ourselves.

budget, distribution & sales

Rift in the Ice was supported by the Film Center Serbia with an amount of € 315.589. The total production budget is € 1.230.829. As we need creative and financial inputs from co-production countries, the film is set to be co-produced by Serbia, Slovenia, Italy, France and the Netherlands. The co-production partners already attached are Nightswim (Italy) and Staragara (Slovenia). We are planning to apply for the Hubert Bals Fund in April 2019. Our aim is to close financing by the end of 2019, when the shoot is scheduled. We believe that this intriguing and powerful story is able to reach even the most demanding viewers. As we are talking about a second feature of an internationally acclaimed and awarded director, the aim is to get a world sales on board at an early stage. International distribution will start with the world premiere, which we hope will take place at an A-list festival. A good festival run of the film would enable us to approach national distributors in various territories. We will reach out to distributors that released Maja’s previous film, who are eagerly awaiting Rift in the Ice.


A contemporary fairytale that explores women’s integrity in our harsh reality.
Maja Miloš

Scriptwriter, Film Director

Jelena Mitrovic


production notes

original title
Pukotina U Ledu

directed by
Maja Miloš

produced byFilm House Bas Celik
Gospodar Jevremova 35
11000, Belgrade

in co-production with
Nightswim – Italy
Staragara – Slovenia