Directed by Kaltrina Krasniqi • 2021 • Kosovo
Kaltrina Krasniqi’s portrait of female resilience is one of the most vital Kosovan films of recent years. Vera (Teuta Ajdini Jegeni) is a middle-aged sign language interpreter whose life is thrown into disorder by her husband’s sudden suicide. A series of threatening men claiming ownership over the family’s village home push the traumatised widow and her daughter Sara (Alketa Sylaj) to the limit – but also provoke these women to realise their true agency. Inspired by her own mother’s legal struggles, Krasniqi’s poetic realist vision of a society caught between modernity and tradition ultimately resolves into a celebration of female solidarity.
VERA DREAMS OF THE SEA • VERA ANDRRON DETIN
Directed by Kaltrina Krasniqi
Written by Doruntina Basha
Cinematography by Sevdije Kastrati
Music by Petrit Çeku and Genc Salihu
Starring: Teuta Ajdini Jegeni, Alketa Sylaj, Refet Abazi
In Albanian with English subtitles
Nominated for Best Film in the Venice Horizons Award at the Venice Film Festival 2021.