PriFest’s 10th edition Special Guest Vanessa Redgrave – Full line-up revealed

07.07.2018

It’s only 10 days before the 10th edition of PriFest kicks off in Prishtina, capital of Kosovo. During the week of 17-22 July, a total of 58 films will be screened in various competition and non-competition programs including 6 world, 2 International, 3 European and 14 Regional premieres.

Many guests are expected to attend the festival presenting their films or taking part in the film industry strand - the regional film industry platform – Prishtina Film FORUM.

One of the important guests that is attending this year’s festival is Oscar Awarded British actress Vanessa Redgrave, who is returning after ten years to see the progress, having visited the festival in the opening day, back in 2009, when it started.

“We are really happy and honored to have Vanessa Redgrave come back to Prishtina. It is wonderful! She was here when we needed her most, in the first edition and gave us her blessing, and she is coming back again to celebrate a small jubilee with us. Moreover, she is bringing to PriFest her directorial debut film “Sea Sorrow” a very personal, dynamic meditation on the current global refugee crisis, which premiered in Cannes Film Festival. As a sign of appreciation, PriFest will present her with the award, our Golden Goddess, for all what she has done for the arts community in Kosovo.

She was there for us when we were refugees in Macedonia, came to visit us in the camps and encouraged us to be strong. She came back to Prishtina in September 1999 to organize a wonderful music and theatre festival called “The return”, celebrating the return of refugees to their homes in Kosovo, and then she came back again in 2009 to announce our festival open and accept the role of Honorary President of the festival. And now, she is coming back after 10 years and we are all thrilled” – shared her excitement one of the founders and Festival Director Vjosa Berisha.

The festival will continue to have many activities this year, with regional film projects competition Best Pitch of PriFORUM and Prishtina Rendezvous – an activity dedicated to distributors and sales agents from Europe to find out more about current Balkan film projects and meet filmmakers from this part of the world. Many other activities are expected to happen during the week, marking a small jubilee of first 10 years of festival’s existence. One of the important highlights of the festival this year is that it will be showing a record number of Kosovo productions, majority of them supported by Kosovo Cinematography Centre. The focus is also given to promoting the production capacities, locations and actors from Kosovo aiming to attract attention of regional cooperation in the film industry sector and bringing international productions to Kosovo.

See below the full line up of the festival and to know more about all the activities visit festival’s webpage www.prifest.org or follow the social media pages of the festival.

Special Screening:

1. “SEA SORROW” – Vanessa Redgrave / 74 min / UK 2016
WITH SPECIAL GUEST VANESSA REDGRAVE

European Competition:

1. “APOSTASY” - Daniel Kokotajlo / 1h 35 min / UK, Drama, 2018 (from PlayUK)
2. “FOAM AT THE MOUTH” - Janis Nords / 79 min / Latvia, Poland, 2017
3. “I WAS A DREAMER” - Michelle Vannucci / 97 min / Italy, 2016
4. “WAJIB” - Annemarie Jacir / 96 min / Palestine, France, Germany, Columbia, Norway, Qatar, 2017
5. “WHEN THE TREES FALL” - Marysia Nikitiuk / 1h 28 min / Ukraine, 2018
6. “ANCHOR AND HOPE” - Carlos Marques-Marcet / 111 min / Spain, UK 2017 (LGBTQI)

Balkan Competition “Honey and Blood”:

1. “DIRECTIONS” - Stephan Komandarev / 103 min / Bulgaria 2017
2. “THE WITCH HUNTER” - Rasko Miljkovic / 86 min / Serbia, Macedonia 2018
3. “MEN DON’T CRY” - Alen Drljević / 100 min / Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany 2017
4. “YEAR OF THE MONKEY” - Vladimir Blazevski / 112 min / Macedonia, Kosova, Serbia 2018
5. “COMIC SANS” - Nevio Marasović / 103 min / Croatia 2018
6. “A PRISHTINA STORY” - Burbuqe Berisha / 85 min / Kosova 2018
7. “ROOFTOP STORY” - Gazmend Nela / 75 min / Kosova, Macedonia 2017
8. “THE SMELL OF MONEY” - Ahmet Boyacioglu / 99 min / Turkey 2018
9. “ZER” - Kazım Öz / 110 min / Turkey 2017
10. “THE RETURN” (OUT OF COMPETITION) - Kastriot Abdyli / 84 min / Macedonia, Kosova 2018

Middle Length Competition:

1. “KLITHMA” - Korab Lecaj / 27 min / Kosovo, 2018
2. “MARY” - Juraj Primorac / 29 min / Croatia, 2017
3. “THE APP” - Thomas Grascœur / 26 min / France 2016
4. “THE SERVANTS” - Marwan Khneisser / 25 min / France, 2017
5. “CHOCOLATE WIND” - Ilia Antonenko / 23 min / Russia, 2016
6. “FALLOU” - Alassane Sy / 30 min / UK, Senegal, 2017
7. “LEGEND OF THE RICE GRAIN” - Lukasz Pethe / 45 min / Germany, 2016
8. “A DISCRETION” - Cédric Venail / 50 min / France 2017
9. “FLORIAN’S LAST CLIMB” - Harold Chapman / 25 min / Germany, 2018
10. “ECLAIR” - Marko Gjokovik / 30 min / Republic of Macedonia, 2016

PriDocs Competition:

1. “ARCADIA” - Paul Wright / 1h 18 min / UK, 2017 (from PlayUK)
2. “THE LAST TAPE” - Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Igor Kosenko / 12 min / Germany, 2017
3. “THE UNITY OF BIRDS” - Cruz Lisandro Morena / 29 min / Argentina, Mexico 2017
4. “MR.GAY SYRIA” - Ayse Toprak / 1h 25 min / Turkey, 2017 (LGBTQI)
5. “UPON THE SHADOW” - Nada Mezni Hafaiedh / 1h 20 min / Tunisia 2017
6. “BURKINABÈ RISING: THE ART OF RESISTANCE IN BURKINA FASO” - Iara Lee / 72 min / USA, Belgium, Burkina Faso
7. “NOTHING IS FORGIVEN” - Vincent Coen, Guillaume Vandenberghe / 1h 1 min / Belgium, France 2017
8. “THE KITMAN” - Andres Cornejo / 25 min / Ecuador, 2017
9. “MAN MADE” - T Cooper / 1h 38 min / USA, 2018 (LGBTQI)

Let it Be Program Non-competition (LGBTQI):

1.“EVENING SHADOWS” - Sridhar Rangayan / 102 min / India, 2018
2.“MARTESA” - Blerta Zeqiri / 98 min / Kosova, Albania 2017
3.“GOD’S OWN COUNTRY” - Francis Lee / 104 min / UK 2017 (from PlayUK)

PlayUK (Partner Country) (Non-competition):

1.“FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL” - Paul McGuigan /105 min / UK 2017
2.“BEAST“- Michael Pearce / 107 min / UK 2017
3.“THE PARTY” - Sally Potter / 71 min / UK 2017
4.“ENGLAND IS MINE” - Mark Gill / 93 min / UK 2017

Student Competition Program:

1.“THIS MUST BE THE RITUAL” - Robin Lipo / 14 min / Poland 2016
2.“REENACTMENT” - Jerónimo Atehortúa Arteaga / 25 min / Bosnia & Herzegovina, Columbia 2018
3.“BIG SISTER” - Michal Gassner / 13 min / Israel 2017
4.“PULSE” - Eyal Tzadik / 13 min / Israel 2017
5.“MUSTACHELAND” - Ercan Küçük, Esen Tan, Balen Zangana, Oya Aytimur Duman, Emre Güvenç, Fatih Yaşın, Doğacan Güneş Perkün, Ayşe Yörükoğlu, Tilbe Cana İnan, Emre Çücük / 8 min / Turkey 2017
6.“THE WHEEL” - Doki Qerimi / 8 min / Kosovo 2018
7.“DIELLI” - Mjellma Istrefi / 12 min / Kosovo, Italy 2018

Experimental program:

1.“IN BETWEEN TAKES” - Alexei Dmitriev / 17 min / Russia 2017
2.“ONE AND MANY” - Jonas Bak / 19 min / Cambodia, UK 2017
3.“AS YOUR WITNESS” - João Pupo / 18 min / Portugal 2018
4.“GALINHAS NO PORTO” - Caio Zatti, Luís Henrique Leal / 20 min / Brazil 2018

In Albanian (Non-competition):

1.“BINI” - Erblin Nushi / 19 min / Kosovo, USA 2018
2.“FORGIVE ME” - Besim Ugzmajli / 14 min / Kosovo 2018
3.“PLUM IN THE THROAT” - Arsim Haliti / 75 min / Kosovo 2018
4.“TO WANT, TO NEED, TO LOVE” - Ilir Hasanaj / 91 min / Kosovo, 2017