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"The Liberation War" is heralded as a Hollywood film about Kosovo

Actor and director Louis Mandylor, known for his roles in several famous films in the Hollywood industry, will direct the film "The Liberation Army", which is announced as a film based on a true event. The theme of the film, which will merge into several different genres, such as action drama and romance, will focus on several periods of the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo. It will deal with the pre-war period, the removal of Albanian students from schools, the expulsion of Albanians from work, the war period and the post-war period.

This narrative will be based on the lives of the two protagonists. The couple is separated by the war and reunites in New York. The film will also deal with real events, which coincide with the reality of the war. The massacre of Recak is one of them.

Louis Mandylor has already arrived in Kosovo.

At the press conference, where this film project was announced, it was expected that the former ambassador of the OSCE, William Walker, would be present as the voice of the massacre of Recak, a participant in the project. It is presented in the video link.

"This film tells a very interesting and valuable story, it tells a story about Kosovo before the war, during the war and after it, the period of Independence. Kosovo is an extraordinary example of success when talking about new states and not many people know about it. So, this film introduces us to this history of Kosovo and how Albanians were mistreated as if they were second-class citizens. What happened in Kosovo then has started to be forgotten by the world and, according to me, Kosovo is now the most democratic country in Europe and so the world can see through this film what Kosovo really is".

For the film director this story is very powerful. He said that he is pleased to be in Kosovo. His artistic activity currently focuses on filmmaking, so this project was welcomed by him. Among other things, he played in the triptych of "My big fat Greek wedding" and in an episode of the popular series "Friends".

"I like to tell untold stories, to reflect and recreate lives that were once lived, such that have value for humanity. The story of this film is based on the history of this country from pride to the horrors of war. This story touched me and seemed much different to me, it is very close to the hearts of Kosovars, so I believe that we have a good opportunity to show something beautiful: bravery and the horrors of violence. Normally, there will be action since it is a movie, despite the fact that the subject is sensitive and serious".

Part of this team will be the American actress Kelly Lynn Reiter, who said that she accepted the invitation, being aware of the historical importance and sensitivity of the film.

"When I spoke with Fitim for the first time, I realized that reading a script that contains a true story is different from hearing that story directly. Passion for Profit is contagious. The passion with which he speaks about this history makes us all support this idea and putting ourselves in that position as those who have experienced the war in Kosovo. It makes me want everyone to hear this story. I am very grateful to be part of this project and to be able to help achieve this goal of Profit".

The main purpose of this film turns out to be the fact that in recent years Serbia has made 13 propaganda films about the war in Kosovo, together with two from Russia, so the team headed by executive producer Fitim Krasniqi sees this film as a good opportunity to show the reality.

The film, which is expected to last two hours, will be shot in Kosovo, Albania and America. According to the warnings at the conference, there is a budget of millions and a cast of 37 actors, 15 from Hollywood, while the rest will be selected in Kosovo through auditions.

"We started making this film that showed the world what really happened in Kosovo. 25 years have passed, but the world has not yet seen such a production, which shows the reality of the war in Kosovo with murders, rapes and all. I decided to make a scenario, which includes the three periods before, during and after the war. My goal is for this film to be a reason for Kosovo to be promoted and for the actors who will be part of this film to be given the opportunity to play in Hollywood".

Shooting for the film is expected to start in the middle of 2024, while the list of participating actors has not yet been revealed, which, according to the director, will include well-known names of American cinematography. This film is intended to be shown in over 65 countries of the world and 2000 cinemas worldwide.