• 13-20 July 2017 / 9th edition

  • Friendship. Forever. PriFest.

Prishtina International Film Festival presents the remaining programs for this year’s edition!

As has been announced, Prishtina International Film Festival will open its eighth edition with Jonas Carpignano's "Mediterranea". Throughout the last few weeks, the festival has continuously published film titles for some of the competitive and non-competitive categories, and today it is publishing the remaining four categories.
Focus programmeis one of the many interesting spaces within PriFest, as in the context it represents, it changes in every edition. This year, winners of the FIPRESCI Prize from different world festivals will be in focus, whereas Focus USA will showcase American cinema.
Focus: FIPRESCI Winners will provide three films which have won one of the important prizes given at cinematographic festivals around the world: the film critics' jury prize. The FIPRESCI jury will also be present at PriFest to evaluate the best film in "Honey & Blood Competition", the Balkans competitive film program.
FIPRESCI selector Barbara de Lorey has selected to screen three films from the Arab cinema at PriFest’s FIPRESCI Focus. They range from the provocative "As I Open My Eyes"; "Theeb", the sensational Oscar nominee that has not only put into question social policies, but also Western imperialism over the Middle East; to "Horses of God", winner of Un Certain Regard at Cannes Festival - a prize dedicated to unique cinematographic perspective.
Focus USA provides a unique retrospective towards revolutionaries Ethan and Joel Coen, through cult films: "The Big Lebowski", which marked the return of Jeff Bridges, to the big screen; "Fargo", winner of two Oscars and 73 international awards; and "No Country for Old Men", winner of 4 Oscars and 155 other awards, as well as 133 nominations. This focus program is supported by our partner, the United States of America Embassy in Kosovo.
Prishtina International Film Festival has continuously expressed its support to the LGBT community, being the first festival in the country to provide a special space for cinema dedicated to the subject of exploration and acceptance of sexual identity and diversity.
This year, the Let It Be program, the curatorial work of programmers of Outfest Los Angeles, oldest LGBT festival in the world, the partner of four years of PriFest, will screen: "The Danish Girl", a film about Gerda and Einer Wegener's extraordinary story of friendship, love and acceptance; "Summer of Sungaile", the adventures of a 17 year old Sangaile as she discovers herself; "While You Weren't Looking", a completely new aspect of Cape Town and South Africa; "Carmin Tropical", a film about unconventional transexual life, directed by Rigoberto Perezcano, who promises to be the next Almodovari; and "Naz and Maalick", a shocking film about sexuality, religion and emigration.
Many films can resemble the British style, but authentic British films are like no other. British Night, now a tradition at PriFest, has always provided the creme-de-la-creme of British cinema. This has been made possible by our partners, the British Council and the British Embassy Kosovo.
"The Man Who Fell to Earth" takes the status of a double event, as it is nostalgic and artistic, as much as it is a tribute to David Bowie, who passed away this year. For those that miss him and want to forever remember this king of music, this night is not one to miss. "The Danish Girl" will be screened under two programmes during the British Night and as part of the Let It Be Program. Another film to be screened in this evening is Beverley, middle length film from UK.
Last film for British Night is The Return. The festival organized in Kosovo during 1999 by Vanessa Redgrave and Fatos Berisha for repatriating refugees after the NATO attacks, a festival which hosted artists such as Philip Glass and Patricia Kaas, was filmed at the time by director Adam Soch. Today it takes the form of a documentary that is as emotional as it is joyful. It is called "The Return", and it is only fitting for it to have its world premiere (the film was made in 1999-2000 and never screened) at PriFest, specifically during the British Night.
The last program made public is that of the Swiss Night, presented for the first time at this year's edition of PriFest. It will screen the documentary "Beekeper" - the unusual history of a Turkish refugee's integration at the heart of a seemingly conservative Switzerland. A history of loss and hope, defeat and victory, one which at the end of the day relates to all people, regardless of nationality.
"Wonderland" provides the marathon perspectives of ten directors who, through different stories, show the everyday realities of Swiss citizens, in the most comical, dramatic and practical forms.
PriFest has always strived to bring the very best of world cinema to its screens, and this edition's programs are expected to be just as good as the ones before, if not better. It is a project that is growing year by year, so much so that today it enjoys the status of a high category festival, for which the most important international and regional media, bloggers and platforms of the film industry write about.

Links to the programmes click here
 
                                            FIPRESCI WINNERS – KINEMAJA ARABE


PREMIERE
“AS I OPEN MY EYES” –  Leyla Bouzid /
102min / Tunisia 2015
Won: FIPRESCI Prize, TV5 Award, Muhr Award, Label Europa Cinemas

Despite her mother's concerns, Farah is more interested in singing than studying.
 
 
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PREMIERE
THEEB -
Naji Abu Nowar/ 100min / Jordan 2014
Won: 
BAFTA Film Award, FIPRESCI Prize, New Horizons Competition, Forward Future Award, Jury Prize for Best Cinematography and Artistic Direction, Best Directorial Debut, Audience Award, Belgrade Victor, Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award, Venice Horizons Award
Nominated: Oscar

THEEB tells the story of one boy’s journey to adulthood after the death of his father. When ‘Theeb’ (Jacir Eid) finds his Bedouin tribal life is interrupted with the arrival of a British Army Officer on a mysterious mission. Theeb’s older brother Hussein agrees to escort him on a treacherous journey across the Arabian Desert. An ambush occurs and Theeb, although just a young boy, comes to quickly understand that if he is to survive he must live up to the attributes of the wolf of which he was named and learn about adulthood, trust and betrayal.


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PREMIERE
HORSES OF GOD –
Nabil Ayouch/ 115min / Morocco, 2012
Won: François Chalais Award (Cannes), Lumiere Award, Magritte Award, MovieZone Award, Golden Space Needle Award, Golden Spike
Nominated:
Un Certain Regard Award (Cannes)

After a stint in prison, a young man (Abdelilah Rachid) becomes a violent Islamic fundamentalist and recruits his younger brother (Abdelhakim Rachi) and the youth's best friend (Hamza Souidek) to his cause.


                                                            FOCUS USA / Coen Brothers Focus


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FARGO – Ethan & Joel Coen / 1h 38min  / USA, 1996
Won 2 Oscars. Another 73 wins & 52 nominations.


"Fargo" is a reality-based crime drama set in Minnesota in 1987. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is a car salesman in Minneapolis who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi), (Peter Stormare) to kidnap his own wife. Jerry will collect the ransom from her wealthy father (Harve Presnell), paying the thugs a small portion and keeping the rest to satisfy his debts. The scheme collapses when the thugs shoot a state trooper.
 
 
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THE BIG LEBOWSKI – Ethan & Joel Coen / 117min / USA, 1998
Won: ACCA, National Film Registry, OFCS Award, Golden Aries
Nominated: Golden Berlin Bear

Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski who insists on being called "the Dude," a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of dangerous people a whole bunch of money -- resulting in the Dude having his rug soiled, sending him spiraling into the Los Angeles underworld.


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NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Ethan & Joel Coen / 122min / USA, 2007
Won 4 Oscars. Another 155 wins & 130 nominations.

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
 

                           LET IT BE PROGRAMME (CURATOR OUTFEST LA)


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PREMIERE
THE DANISH GIRL – Tom Hooper
/ 119min / United Kingdom, United States, Belgium 2015

WON
: Oscar, AAFCA Award, EDA Female Focus Award, EDA Special Mention Award, Critics Choice Award, Capri Award, COFCA Award, CDG Award, DFCS Award, Empire Award, Breakthrough Award, Hollywood Breakthrough Award, Hollywood Film Award, NYFCO Award, OFCC Award, Rising Star Award, PFCS Award, SDFCS Award, Virtuoso Award, Satellite Award, Queer Lion, Invisible Woman Award, WFCC Award
Nominated:
Oscar
Copenhagen, 1926. Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, painted her own husband, Einar Wegener, as a lady in her painting. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance into a female appearance and named himself Lili Elbe. With his feminism passion and Gerda’s support, Einar – or Elbe – attempted one of the first male-to-female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that turned into a massive change for their marriage, that Gerda realized her own husband is no longer a man or the person she married before. A childhood friend of Einar, art-dealer Hans Axgil, shows up and starts a complex love triangle with the couple.
 

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PREMIERE
SUMMER OF SANGAILE –
Alantė Kavaitė, 88min (Lithuania, France, Netherlands 2015)
Won: Award of the Mayor of the City of Trencin, City of Athens Award, Golden Athena, Silver Crane, Best Actress, Directing Award

17 years old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at a summer aeronautical show. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds the only person that truly encourages her to fly.
 
 
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PREMIERE
WHILE YOU WEREN’T LOOKING –
Catherine Stewart / 76min / South Africa, 2015

Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married 20 years and adoptive parents, they are the trailblazing lesbians of the New South Africa. Asanda, their 18 year old adopted daughter, is the poster child for South Africa’s diversity but describes herself as “an experiment”, being made up as she goes along. She meets Shado, an enigmatic Tommy Boy from Khayalitsha, a township on the edge of Cape Town, and a different picture of the New South Africa emerges.


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PREMIERE
CARMIN TROPICAL – Rigoberto Perezcano
/ 80min / Mexico, 2014
Won: Silver Ariel, Feature Film Competition Award

This is a story about coming back. Mabel returns to her hometown to find the murderer of her friend Daniela and finds herself on a journey that takes her through nostalgia, love, and betrayal in a town where transvestism takes on an unusual dimension in its day.
 
 
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PREMIERE
NAZ AND MAALIK – Jay Dockendorf /
86min / USA, 2015
Won: Best LGBT Film

Two closeted Muslim teens living in Brooklyn struggle to come clean about their sexuality.
Over the course of one meditative Friday afternoon, two closeted Muslim teens have their secretive lives rattled by lingering FBI surveillance. NAZ & MAALIK examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.


                                                                   British Night



BEVERLEY - Alexander Thomas / 25min / United Kingdom 2015
Won: Festival Prize, Festival Award, Best International Film Award, Jury Award, Best Short Award
 Beverley follows a mixed race girl’s struggles to carve out a sense of identity in a confusing, shifting cultural landscape, 1980 Leicester. A move from the decaying, poverty-stricken, urban environment to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia does not provide the hope and opportunities Bev may have wished for. A familiar enemy is ever present - a threat that extends beyond her own safety – more importantly she must protect her brother and sister. By asserting her will and using her guile, Bev tries to shape her new environment into something palatable, but the result is the opposite of what she is trying to achieve.


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PREMIERE
THE DANISH GIRL – Tom Hooper / 119min / United Kingdom, United States, Belgium 2015


WON: Oscar, AAFCA Award, EDA Female Focus Award, EDA Special Mention Award, Critics Choice Award, Capri Award, COFCA Award, CDG Award, DFCS Award, Empire Award, Breakthrough Award, Hollywood Breakthrough Award, Hollywood Film Award, NYFCO Award, OFCC Award, Rising Star Award, PFCS Award, SDFCS Award, Virtuoso Award, Satellite Award, Queer Lion, Invisible Woman Award, WFCC Award
Nominated:
Oscar
Copenhagen, 1926. Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, painted her own husband, Einar Wegener, as a lady in her painting. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance into a female appearance and named himself Lili Elbe. With his feminism passion and Gerda’s support, Einar – or Elbe – attempted one of the first male-to-female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that turned into a massive change for their marriage, that Gerda realized her own husband is no longer a man or the person she married before. A childhood friend of Einar, art-dealer Hans Axgil, shows up and starts a complex love triangle with the couple.
 
 
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WORLD PREMIERE
THE RETURN – Adam Soch
/ 1h / 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.
 
 
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KOSOVO PREMIERE
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH –
Nicolas Roeg/ 77min / England, 1976
Won: Golden Scroll (Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA)
Nominated: Golden Berlin Bear (Berlin International Film Festival)

Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft, and meets Mary-Lou, a girl who falls in love with him.


                                                                                                        Swiss Night                             


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Beekeeper – Mano Khalil / 107min / Switzerland, 2013
Won: Viktor Award (Munich International Documentary Festival)

“The Beekeeper” relates the touching story of a beekeeper. The turmoil of the Turkish-Kurdish war took away everything that he had: his wife, his children, his country and over 500 bee colonies, his way of making a living. He was left only with his love for bees and his unshakeable faith in the individual human being, regardless of his background. After a long odyssey full of deprivation, the beekeeper again found a life for himself in Switzerland, thanks to his passion for beekeeping. "The Beekeeper“ is also the unusual story of integration in the seemingly conservative heart of today’s Switzerland, showing the struggle between human interaction and political propaganda.



REGIONAL PREMIERE
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. 

 

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Oscar and Golden Globe winner