5th November 2014: OeKG meeting with Mr. Mentor SHALA, producer of the film - Three Windows and a Hanging

 

INFORMATION ABOUT “THREE WINDOWS AND A HANGING”

  

Original Title: Tri Dritare dhe një Varje  

English Title: Three Windows and a Hanging

Length: 93 minutes

Synopsis:

In a traditional village in Kosova, a year after the war (2000) when people are rebuilding their lives, the female school teacher Lushe is driven by her inner conscience to give an interview to an international journalist, telling her that she and three other women from the village were raped by Serbian forces. When the news is published, the male villagers start being suspicious about their wives. As soon as they realize that it was Lushe who spoke to the journalist, they start to stigmatize her and her little boy, asking her to leave the village, and try to find out if their own wives were among those raped. This pressure continues until Ilir (Lushe’s husband), who was in jail as a prisoner-of-war, returns home. They try to convince Ilir to divorce Lushe, getting him emotionally confused.

 

A critical view of a society which survived the war, won its independence but still struggles with human equality. An insightful portrait of a Balkan village, of a patriarchal microcosm, and of its mayor who desperately wants to control the village life. Of husbands who feel forced to behave strong, but act against their own emotional interest. A reflection of rituals which not only show gender inequality, but also the absence of freedom of expression within the male community.

Script: Zymber Kelmendi

Director: Isa Qosja

 

Producers: Shkumbin Istrefi, Mentor Shala (CMB/Kosovo)

Coproducer: Nicole Gerhards (NikoFILM/Germany)

DOP: Gökhan Tiryaki

Main Cast: Irena Cahani, Luan Jaha, Donat Qosja,

 

Other Cast: Aurita Agushi, Leonora Mehmetaj, Orik Morina, Sylë Kuqi, Selman Jusufi, Selatin Ademi, Xhevat Qorraj, Avdullah Xhikokaj, Doresa Rexha, Granit Ukaj, Basri Shala, Sylejman Lokaj, Adem Mikullovci, Skender Tafa, Mirjana Karanoviæ, Lyra Xhoci, Sindi Çitaku, Anton Gashi, Dajt Gjonbalaj, Zog Berisha, Lena Basholli

 

Awards: 

- Connecting Cottbus 2012 - Best Pitch Award

- Cinelink Work in Progress, Sarajevo Film Festival 2013 - Post Republic

- Sarajevo Film Festival 2014 – Competition - Cineuropa AWARD

- Durres International Film Summerfest 2014-Competition – Golden Gladiator AWARD

  

 

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