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AWARDS 16th edition TIFF 2018 »   INTERNATIONAL FEATURE COMPETITION The jury composed by: Andrea Wink (Germany), Besnik Krapi (Kosovo), Marija Perovic (Montenegro) GOLDEN OWL - BEST FEATURE FILM Irina by Nadejda Koseva | Bulgaria | 2018 A strong story about surviving in unpleasant surrounding through female character that shows how we can forgive and find the hope at the end. Një historie të fuqishme mbi mbijetesën në një mjedis të pakënaqshëm përmes një personazhi femër, e cila tregon si mund të ... Newsletter 2018 »   Tirana International Film Festival is the most important cinematographic event that takes place in Albania. Not only because is the oldest and most experienced but also for the highest number of applications, selective films’ capability, the rich program, fascinating discoveries and premieres of the most important cinematic films’ market today in the world. For all mentioned reasons, Tirana International Film Festival after applying was qualified as Festival from  the  Academy of Art an... Programme 2018 » Competition: 1. FEATURE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (Feature - EYE on TIFF) 2. SHORT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (Live Action - Animation - Student - Video Art & Experimental) 3. DOCUMENTARY INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (Feature - Mid - Short Lengths) 4. BALKAN COMPETITION (Feature - Short) 5. IN ALBANIAN COMPETITION Non Competition: 1. SPECIAL SCREENINGs 2. FOCUS ( For Another Dream May '68 - Oscar® Nominated Short films 2018 - OIPLA Animation Poland 2018 - IVAN ARGOTE Video Art) 3. PAN... Festival description » GENERAL INFORMATION Tirana International Film Festival, which is implemented by the Tirana Film Institute,  is the biggest and the oldest Film Festival in Albania, placed in the capital city Tirana. The Festival was created in 2003 (it was the first film festival after 1 decade of gap from the official state film festival organized during the communism regime until 1990). The Festival is internationally recognized and screens every year more than 200 movies of all genres (feature, short, fictio...
Monday, 12 November 2018
Feature (official selection - TIFF 2017)
A BALKAN NOIR

Sweden, Montenegro | 2017 | 74’

 

A BALKAN NOIR

It has been five years since Nina’s daughter went missing and only during the cigarette breaks do we get to follow her hunt for the perpetrator as she returns to Montenegro for one last time. The story is told in 20 sequences. The characters hunt for the truth unfolds only when they smoke. Every scene begins with protagonist lighting a cigarette and ends when they put it out. One pack. 20 cigarettes. 20 scenes

 

Written & Directed

Drazen Kuljanin

Director of Photography

Anna Patarakina

Producer

Drazen Kuljanin (Sweden)

Co-producer

Nikola Vukcevic (Montenegro) Jonas Sörensson

Executive Producer

Veronika Drazic

 
BENEATH THE SILENCE

Israel | 2016 | 112’

BENEATH THE SILENCE

1973. Six years after returning from the Six Day War with a battle shock, Menashe realizes he will never be the man he used to be before the war. He can’t communicate with his surroundings, and spends his days driving away in his red track for long hours. The young family he created collapses due to his lack of communication with his wife, Daphna, and their little son, Shlomi.

At a time when PTSD is still not recognized as a medical condition, Daphna, his wife, struggles to get help from the military in order to maintain her husband’s last bits of sanity, while 10 year-old Shlomi tries to understand what happened to his father and why he is different. When the Yom Kippur War breaks out, and Menashe is sent again to the battle field, the small family crumbles to the dust.

 

Director

Erez Mizrahi & Sahar Shavit

Producer

Erez Mizrahi & Sahar Shavit

Screenplay

Erez Mizrahi & Sahar Shavit

Cinematographer

Tomer Moneta

Editor

Erez Mizrahi

Cast

Leading Roles

Amos Tamam

Adva Bole

 
BLACK CROW

Turkey | 2016 | 97’

BLACK CROW

Sara (26) who is a famous Iranian actress lives in France for years. She has lost her contact with her family that she left in Iran when she immigrated to France when she was 17. One night when she comes back home after an award ceremony, she receives a letter form her father calling her to Iran. As her entrance to her country is prohibited because of the obscene scenes she took part in, she takes illegal ways to arrive her village in Iran. A dangerous long journey full of patience, which she will travers on the garrons through the foggy and snowy mountains, starts for her. Accompanied by the smugglers and a group of Turkish guides, will she be able to arrive her village to discover the mistery of her father’s letter?

 

Writer

Tayfur Aydin

Producer

Muslum aydin

Key Cast

Sebnem Hassanisoughi Aziz Capkurt

Sedat Culum

 
DAYBREAK

Albania, Greece | 2017 | 85’

 

DAYBREAK

 

Leta is in a difficult economic situation and has not been able to pay the rent for several months. When she and her one-year-old son are thrown out of their apartment, they move in with Sophie, an old, immobile woman whose daughter has just employed Leta as a caretaker. In order to keep her job and their new roof, Leta has to keep Sophie alive at any cost.

 

Producer

Gentian Koçi

Co-producers

Konstantina Stavrianou Rena Vougioukalou

Director of Photography

Ilias Adamis

Editing

Christos Giannakopoulous Bonita Papastathi

With

Ornela Kapetani Suzana Prifti

Kasem Hoxha

 

Festivals - Awards

Sarajevo Film Festival 2017

Stockholm Film Festival 2017

Warsaw International Film Festival 2017

 
DIRECTIONS

Bulgaria, Germany, Macedonia | 2017 | 103’

DIRECTIONS


At a meeting with his banker, a small business owner, who drives a taxi to make ends meet, discovers the bribe he will have to pay to get a loan has doubled. He wants to remain an honest man. The ethics board that reviewed his complaint about extortion now also wants its share of the action. In desperate anger, he shoots the banker and then himself. The incident sparks a major national debate on talk radio about how despair has taken over civil society. Meanwhile, five taxi drivers and their passengers move through the night, each in hope of finding a brighter way forward – a new direction.

 

Screenwriter

Stephan Komandarev

Simeon Ventsislavov

Producer

Stephan Komandarev

DoP

Vesselin Hristov

Art Director

Maria Koycheva

Costume Design

Zaklina Krstevska

Editor

Nina Altaparmakova

 
GLORY

 

Bulgaria | 2016 | 97’

GLORY


Tsanko Petrov, a railroad worker finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the entire amount over to the police, and the state rewards him with a new wristwatch, but soon the new watch stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova, head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch. And here starts his desperate struggle to get his old watch back, as well as his dignity.

 

Writing

Kristina Grozeva Petar Valchanov Decho Taralezhkov Photography

Krum Rodriguez

Editing

Petar Valchanov

Music

Hristo Namliev

Cast

Stefan Denolyubov Margita Gosheva Decho Taralezhkov Ana Bratoeva

Produced by

Kristina Grozeva Petar Valchanov

Co-producer

Graal Films Konstantina Stavrianou Irini Vougioukalou


Festivals - Awards

Nominated Golden Leopard - Locarno International Film Festival 2016

Don Quixote Award / Special Mention - Locarno International Film Festival 2016 Best International Feature Film - Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017

Best Balkan Film - Sofia International Film Festival 2017

Special Jury Award - Transilvania International Film Festival 2017

 
MINISTRY OF LOVE

Croatia | 2016 | 103’

MINISTRY OF LOVE


Krešo, a hapless biologist-turned-bureaucrat, lands the least desirable government job in Croatia: spying on war widows in order to cut off their pensions should they find new partners. But what his bosses, including his father-in-law, don’t know is that he just may be romance’s unlikeliest champion.

 

Writer

Pavo Marinkovic

Director of Photography

Simon Tanšek

Editor

Dubravko Slunjski Producers

Stanislav Babic Julietta Sichel

Cast

Stjepan Peric

Dražen Kühn

Ecija Ojdanic

Olga Pakalovic

 
MOTHERING

Iran | 2017 | 77’

 

MOTHERING

 

MOTHERING is a film about two sisters who live in Yazd, a city located in the deserts of Iran. One of the sisters has abandoned her love and the other has been abandoned by hers…

 

Written

Roqiye Tavakoli

Producer

Siyavash Haghighi

Production Company

Aseman Honar

Co.Director of Photography

Morteza Gheidi

Editor

Hayedeh Safiyari

Cast

Nazanin Bayati

Houman Seyedi

 
UNWANTED

Kosova | 2017 | 85’

 

UNWANTED

A lonely teenage boy, who lives in Amsterdam with his refugee mother from Kosovo, keeps getting into trouble while yearning for her acceptance. But the traumas caused by the war, which his mother initially hides away from him, turn his world upside down.

 

Festivals - Awards

Karlovy Vary IFF, East of the West Competition

Prishtina International Film Festival

 

Written

Edon Rizvanolli

Director of Photography

Danny Noordanus

Production Manager

Danielle Bremer

Co-producers

Annemiek van Gorp

René Goossens

Producer

Edon Rizvanolli

Starring

Adriana Matoshi

Jason de Ridder

 


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