Films

The Marriage

The Marriage, "Martesa"

World Premiere

Synopsis

Director

Prishtina-based Blerta Zeqiri, has already won numerous awards from international film festivals for her short films. "The Marriage" is her debut feature film. The Kosovar filmmaker is dealing with an extremely sensitive and controversial subject for her community, something that we rarely see from the region.

Bekim is with his fiancée Anita at a disturbing gathering, the recognition of human remains from a mass grave. Anita’s parents have been missing since the 1999 Kosovar War, and to this date, she still has no information or confirmation of their deaths. Any news would be a relief for the couple as their wedding is just two weeks away. On top of that, they also have to face Bekim’s strict and controlling family.

Back in Prishtina, they unexpectedly meet Nol, a musician who is living in France. He was Bekim’s closest friend during wartime and they haven’t seen each other for two years. After an awkward introduction with Anita they end up spending the night drinking. Bekim slowly starts spending more and more time with Nol. This partnership has a negative effect on his behaviour, making him nervous and aggressive.

Nol, who in reality is Bekim’s secret ex-lover, will reveal that he is still in love with him. As the wedding day approaches, more secrets start to rise to the surface.

"The Marriage" is a strong LGBT relationship drama from Kosovo, which apart from its dramatical merits and the uniqueness of the subject also offers a social aspect on a territory and a view of a cinema that still needs to be explored.

Vassilis Economou

Blerta Zeqiri

(b. 1979) is an award-winning Kosovar director and scriptwriter. She's worked on a number of shorts and feature films, which have participated in many international festivals, among them Oberhausen, Telluride, Palm Springs, the Hamptons, and Sundance. She works and lives in Prishtina, Kosovo. "The Marriage" is her first full-length feature.

Filmography

  • Martesa (The Marriage, 2017)

Schedule

28.11.2017
18:00 - 20:07
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 3
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 121001
Guests (6)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Blerta Zeqiri, Producer Keka Kreshnik Berisha, Cast Alban Ukaj, Cast Adriana Matoshi, Cast Genc Salihu, Arben Zharku
29.11.2017
20:30 - 22:27
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 131302
Guests (6)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Blerta Zeqiri, Producer Keka Kreshnik Berisha, Cast Adriana Matoshi, Cast Genc Salihu, Cast Alban Ukaj, Arben Zharku
03.12.2017
21:15 - 22:52
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 171803
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

First Feature Competition

Film info

Countries: Kosovo, Albania
Year: 2017
Duration: 97 minutes
Language: Albanian
Director: Blerta Zeqiri
Producer: Keka Kreshnik Berisha
Writers: Keka Kreshnik Berisha, Blerta Zeqiri
DOP: Sevdije Kastrati
Montage: Kreshnik Keka Berisha
Cast: Alban Ukaj, Adriana Matoshi, Genc Salihu
Productions: Bézé film, Bunker Film +

Synopsis

Director

Prishtina-based Blerta Zeqiri, has already won numerous awards from international film festivals for her short films. "The Marriage" is her debut feature film. The Kosovar filmmaker is dealing with an extremely sensitive and controversial subject for her community, something that we rarely see from the region.

Bekim is with his fiancée Anita at a disturbing gathering, the recognition of human remains from a mass grave. Anita’s parents have been missing since the 1999 Kosovar War, and to this date, she still has no information or confirmation of their deaths. Any news would be a relief for the couple as their wedding is just two weeks away. On top of that, they also have to face Bekim’s strict and controlling family.

Back in Prishtina, they unexpectedly meet Nol, a musician who is living in France. He was Bekim’s closest friend during wartime and they haven’t seen each other for two years. After an awkward introduction with Anita they end up spending the night drinking. Bekim slowly starts spending more and more time with Nol. This partnership has a negative effect on his behaviour, making him nervous and aggressive.

Nol, who in reality is Bekim’s secret ex-lover, will reveal that he is still in love with him. As the wedding day approaches, more secrets start to rise to the surface.

"The Marriage" is a strong LGBT relationship drama from Kosovo, which apart from its dramatical merits and the uniqueness of the subject also offers a social aspect on a territory and a view of a cinema that still needs to be explored.

Vassilis Economou

Blerta Zeqiri

(b. 1979) is an award-winning Kosovar director and scriptwriter. She's worked on a number of shorts and feature films, which have participated in many international festivals, among them Oberhausen, Telluride, Palm Springs, the Hamptons, and Sundance. She works and lives in Prishtina, Kosovo. "The Marriage" is her first full-length feature.

Filmography

  • Martesa (The Marriage, 2017)
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