Aga's House

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Aga's House (Shpia e Agës)

Directed by Lendita Zeqiraj

  • Kosovo, Croatia, France, Albania 2019; 107 min
  • Original version: Albanian
  • Genre: Drama
    • FEDEORA Jury Special Mention - Karlovy Vary IFF

Synopsis

Aga, a 9-year-old boy is secretly struggling to find his missing father, while living with five frantic women in the house outside the city. He makes money by selling cigarettes on the street, where he meets Cera, an arrogant and abusive man who has a restraining order to get near the house because of molesting behaviour towards one of the women. But when one of the women attempts a suicide, he is the only one around to help Aga take her to the hospital.

Director's Statement

I am an observer of the world around me and my inspiration is everyday life experience and authentic people mindset. I find the individual's life experience particularly fascinating but I am specifically interested in a human relationship. This comes probably from life experience as a witness of many different changes in our society where some of them were difficult and painful. There was a time where all the existence values crushed down, letting us immersed in an absurd state of mind. The characters in “AGA’S HOUSE” are people that surround me every day. Daring people who, even after their horrific experiences, manage to live their lives. I find fascinating their ability to maintain the joy, smile and sense of humor, and at the same time, live with it and not get crushed. Their life is very simple and basic, with few moments that define people’s mindset, deep societal wounds, in a culture and a country where humor is the only therapy that they have. I want to capture the feeling of many mixed emotions of this very complex issue, where deep wounds are hidden and the best way to deal with them is to manage to live with them, through the process of enduring, adapting and surviving. The occurrence is particular to Kosovar women, who get wrapped up in this system by pressing their desires and feelings, getting crushed into a constant anxiety that ends up defining them. They discover new boundaries for their emotional pain, loss, happiness and exhilarating joy, they need a medium through which to express and convey their feelings. Searching for love and affection to fulfill the emptiness of the missing father, Aga approaches and hugs Cera. Zdenka shows affection to Aga, in order to reach her own daughter. Kumrija is able to speak out her own story through the intermediary of a journalist. The story is simple, but yet it reveals many complex issues of our society, showing the ways in which people filter and digest their bruising experiences, when no one is around to help them, or without any professional care. It’s a very small slice of characters’ daily life in today’s Kosovo society, with all its angst, pressure, and complexity of relationships.

Production

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