• 13-20 July 2017 / 9th edition

  • Friendship. Forever. PriFest.

Prishtina International Film Festival announces part of its programme lineup for this year’s edition: European Competition and PriDocs

During the week of 22-29 April, some 80 films will be screened in various programmes in competition and noncompetition. All of them premieres in Kosovo and a number of them regional, European, International premieres including two that will be World Premieres within this festival.

PriDocs Lineup 2016:
Eleven documentary films in total, 2 world premieres, one European premiere and one regional premiere is the setting of this year’s PriDocs. The documentary programme of PriFest this year will bring all the colours of documentary section coming from places like Estonia, Croatia, Rumania, Turkey, and all the way to Palestine and USA.

European Competition Lineup 2016:
European competition programme this year comes with films that not only grabbed attention of the film industry world and the film critics, but also brought a new style and wave in film making. Three regional premieres out of 7 films in this category along with Mediterranea and other premieres will compete in front of international jury to win the Golden Goddess for the Best European Film. Intriguing, daring, happy, melancholic, traditional and sexy. The selection in this category will bring to the audience of PriFest the best taste of the latest entries of European cinema.
Please click on the link below to get more information about the films of these two programmes.

UNITED STATES OF LOVE – Tomasz Wasilewski / 1h 44min / Poland 2016
Poland, 1990. The first euphoric year of freedom, but also of uncertainty for the future. Four apparently happy women of different ages decide it's time to change their lives, and fulfill their desires.

MODRIS – Juris Kursietis / 98min / Latvia /Germany/ Greece 2014
Modris is a normal 17-year-old with a girlfriend and some good pals at school. But his addiction to gambling makes his relationship with his mother difficult, especially since she keeps on reminding him that his father is in prison - so Modris must have inherited his bad genes. Things come to a head in the middle of the Nordic winter when Modris pawns his mother’s electric heater so he can play the slot machines. She betrays him to the police, and as he begins his adventures in the Latvian justice system, his relationship to the outside world changes. Soon Modris becomes determined to find the father he never knew.

WONDERLAND (HEIMATLAND) – Lisa Blatter, Gregor Freii, Jan Gassmann, Benny Jaberg, Carmen Jaquier, Michael Krummenacher, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Lionel Rupp, Mike Scheiwiller / 99min / Switzerland, Germany 2015
Ten directors of a new generation of filmmakers tell how differently people in Switzerland cope with the worst imaginable disaster; the fact of being dependent on other countries.
RAMS Grímur Hákonarson / 93min / Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Poland 2015
In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what's dearest to them - their sheep.
10.000 KM Carlos Marques-Marcet / 103min / Spain 2014
One year apart, with a continent between them, Alex and Sergi must rely on virtual communication to keep the flame of their relationship alive. But with their realities no longer shared and the touch of one another gone, the technology that has supposedly brought the world closer together may just tear them apart.

MUSTANG – Deniz Gamze Ergüven / 97min /France, Germany, Turkey, Qatar 2015
It’s the beginning of the summer. In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and at the same time marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them.


TASHI DELEK – Peeter Rebane / 55min / Estonia, China 2015
A young monk's Journey through Tibet in search of his path.
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THE RETURN – Adam Soch / 1h / USA 2000

A documentary film about the arts festival Vanessa Redgrave, organized over a three-day period:  festival of dance, music and theater.  With some illustrious names to come to war-ravaged Pristina, the Kosovo capital, to perform along with Albanian artists for a culture-starved population. Philip Glass, Patricia Kaas, Lulu, Big Country, Dancers of the Martha Graham company, Italian rock star Andrea Mingardi, Bruce Cockburn and Tribe of One and a miners' choir from Cape Breton called Men of the Deeps are just some participants. Including many of the local artists and singers.

PATHS –  Mevlan Shanaj / Albania / 1996/2015
Filming of the documentary were suspended in March 1997 due to the declaration of state of emergency in Albania. However, this project comes completed 18 years later. Shanaj Mevlan brings " Rrugët 2 " as a project that could not bring in a decade ago. Conceived as a continuation of that journey in the Albanian capital, filmmaker and teacher at the same time through this documentary recounts the truth and wounds we see every day in the streets of Tirana. The first part of the film-documentary that was carried out in 1996 and was never fully presented to the public, comes with the second take 18 years later with the premiere in February 2016 in Tirana.
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MISSING TIMES – Faysal Soysal / 58min / Turkey 2015
Documentary focuses on the missing times of Srebrenica's mother and Prijedor concentration camps prisoners that they had to experience after the attack of the Mladic and Karadzic nationalist soldiers to their ordinary lives...

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I LIKE THAT SUPER MOST THE BEST - Eva Kraljević / 43min / Croatia 2015                                                   
Life lesson about love, acceptance and gratitude that reveals a bright side of life with mental retardation. It’s a story about my sister Mia and me, her love of life and me learning to accept her.

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THE NETWORK – Claudiu Mitcu / 62min / Romania, Hungary 2015
In Romania, chemotherapy drugs are neither accessible free of charge, as required by law, nor can they be acquired in pharmacies

THE DANGEROUS WORLD OF DOCTOR DOLEČEK – Kristýna Bartošová/ 75min / Czech Republic 2015
 A director sets out to visit an old professor to ask him for the recipes for the body and soul. But, what advice can a girl with her family heritage in Bosnia receive from a Serbian nationalist and a close friend of Ratko Mladič? A dialogue about overcoming one's own prejudices and ideologies that seeks reconciliation.

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ON THE BRIDE’S SIDE – Antonio Augugliaro , Gabriele Del Grande, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry / 98min / Italy, Palestine 2014
A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide to help them reach Sweden by faking a wedding, crossing European borders on an emotionally charged journey of 3000 kilometers.

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THIS IS MY LAND – Tamara Erde / 93min / France 2014
How do the Palestinian and Israeli (Arab and Jewish) education systems teach the history of their nations? The film follows several Israeli and Palestinian teachers over one academic year. Through observing their exchanges and confrontations with students, debates with the ministries curriculum and its restrictions, the viewers obtain an intimate glimpse into the profound and long lasting effect that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict transmits onto the next generation.

MAKING OF THINKING OF YOU – Fitim Shala / Kosovo 2015

The documentary is about the making of Thinking of You, an art installation by Alketa Xhafa Mripa, which consisted in collecting more than five thousand dresses across Kosovo and hanging them on clotheslines in the football stadium of Prishtina in honor of survivors of wartime sexual violence. 



"There are A-list festivals and B-list festivals in the world. For me, PriFilmFest is an A-list festival from this first edition."

Ms. Vanessa Redgrave

Oscar and Golden Globe winner