"PriFest" lights up the screen for film narration and celebration
It is the main film festival in the capital that gathers local and international actors from the world of film. The 15th edition of the "Prishtina International Film festival" started on Tuesday.
It is a space where for 15 years co-productions of cinematographic projects have been produced, the industry is discussed and connections are made between local and international actors. But "Prifest" goes beyond that. It is a festival that also brings the spirit of cinematography. For two consecutive years now, it also comes as a memorial event for the founder and producer Vjosa Berisha, who died last year.
Her portraits are in the external and internal spaces of the Festival, together with the mottos "For her" and "Vjosa Forever". The ceremony also started as a dedication to him with the play of Alban Nimani and Dren Abazi.
"PriFest" has been described by the mayor of Pristina, Përparim Rama, as a Festival that brings only films.
And then it was time for the attendees to be in front of the big screen of "Kino Armata". "The Land Within" has opened the Festival as a competing film in the category of feature films, one of the 9 categories of the event.
The film directed by Fisnik Maxville, a co-production between Switzerland and Kosovo, brings together a cast of renowned actors such as Luana Bajrami and Florist Bajgora, who also play the main roles. The past and its consequences, which determine the future, are the axis of the film. A mass cemetery after the last war in Kosovo means that, in addition to digging for dead bodies, there are also many stories messed up... Up to those of the descendants of couples between Albanians and Serbs. It is ace film that digs into the feeling of people who have gone through difficult circumstances. Above all, it brings to the public the question of the main character Remos, to whom he belongs. And this was also elaborated by the director of the film, with which last year he won the two main awards at the "Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival".
Florist Bajgora has the burden of a character that is the fruit of a love between Albanians and Serbs. His parents were killed, while for the Albanians he is only a Serb.
From September 12 to 17, in nine competition categories, the festival brings different narratives, including films that are state candidates to be nominated for "Oscar". While the debates will complete the mosaic of "PriFest", which this year also aims to preserve the splendor started a decade and a half ago.
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