A Cup of Coffee and New Shoes On

A Cup of Coffee and New Shoes On

Directed by Gentian Koçi

  • Albania 2018;
    • Film Center Montenegro Cinelink Award - Cinelink

  • DAYBREAK previous work of director Gentian Koçi, available for screening on Festival Scope


In today’s Tirana, Agim and Gëzim, two inseparable deaf-mute identical twin brothers in their forties, live under the same roof. Ana, Gëzim’s girlfriend, a young high-spirited woman in her thirties, visits them quite often. One evening, Agim is driving back home with Gëzim, when his sight gets blurred and a fatal accident nearly occurs. At the ophthalmologist, a few days later, the two brothers discover that due to a genetic and rare disease, they will separately, but progressively and irreversibly go blind. Slowly immersing into an unbearable silenced darkness, not being able to see the world and each other anymore, only Ana by their side, the two brothers have to make a strong decision around a cup of coffee with new shoes on.

Director's Statement

A CUP OF COFFEE AND NEW SHOES ON takes place in today’s Tirana. The story is a strong existential drama with a social background on two identical twin brothers facing their limited life choices. I feel challenged by the idea to make a film that deals with fundamental questions: what happens to a human being when he/she is completely immersed into darkness, not being able to communicate with the others and the world? What happens to a human being when all his windows of perception are irreversibly walled? The most important challenge for me is to visually show the unbearable violent separation of two identical twin brothers in a subtle and minimal way. As screenwriter and director, I want to honestly show the progressive immersion of two human beings into a deep silenced darkness. The two main characters are set mostly in indoor locations. In terms of style, I aim at adopting a realistic approach by purifying the cinema language from its conventional artifices. Intense corporal dialogues in sign language condense emotions in a strong cinematic way, while cold colours baths help to unfold the tenderness of the story.



    Gentian Koçi