Aga's House

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    Aga's House

    Shpia e Agës

    Directed by

    Kosovo, Croatia, France, Albania

    2019

    107 min

    • Albanian

    Drama

    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.

    Awards

    • Best Actress Award (Adriana Matoshi, Rozafa Celaj, Shengyl Ismaili, Melihate Qena), Jury Special Award - Bosphorus FF
    • FEDEORA Jury Special Mention - Karlovy Vary IFF

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cast
    Arti Lokaj
    Rozafa Celaj
    Adriana Matoshi
    Basri Lushtaku
    Shengyl Ismaili
    Screenplay
    Lendita Zeqiraj
    Editing
    Keka Berisha
    Thomas Marchand

    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
    N'ART FILMS

    Press

    A coming-of-age drama with great potential.

    Cineuropa

    The intention of depicting the characters’ depth as fully as possible is certainly admirable and this is done in a very engaging way for the viewer.

    Cineuropa

    Lendita Zeqiraj

    Lendita Zeqiraj

    Kosovo

    Born in Kosovo, award-winning film director Lendita Zeqiraj is declared ‘National Filmmaker of the Year 2014’, and won “The Annual Film Excellence Award for Cinematic Achievements” by the Kosovo Ministry of Culture. She's worked on a number of shorts and documentary films, which have participated in over 300 International Film Festivals, such as International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Thessaloniki, Cairo, Leeds, Vilnius etc., winning prizes in a number of them. Her last short film FENCE (2018), won Best Short award at Palm Springs Int’l ShortFest, Hamptons and New Orleans film festival and has been triple Qualified for Oscar® Academy Award, and continues traveling throughout worldwide film festivals. Her previous short film BALCONY (2013), premiered at 70th Venice Film Festival and screened at over 170 International Film Festivals, such as Telluride Film Festival, Palm Springs Short Fest, Warsaw Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival etc. and won over 35 international awards, including the Special Jury Award at the AFI FEST 2013. Her latest feature AGA'S HOUSE (2019) is selected in competition at KVIFF 2019.

    Selected Filmography