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    35 min

    • Albanian


    Sarabande started as a personal documentary on the classical music virtuoso Petrit Çeku who back in 2014 was about to record the The Bach Cello Suites in Spain. But then it became a road movie on borders and illegality, to later be wrapped up into a journey of two friends traveling between the invented ideas of Orient and Occident, past and future.


    Kaltrina Krasniqi
    Kaltrina Krasniqi
    Arian Haliti
    Kaltrina Krasniqi

    Director's Statement

    I happily accepted Petrit’s invitation to Spain, my excitement successfully overshadowing the prospect of banal complications on the journey ahead. All I could see was the access to Petrit’s ‘other’ life where he, with tremendous ease, travels from East to West, past and future, with the help of a tool he masters – his guitar. You see, I’m a Kosovan Albanian who, for the past three decades, has lived in isolation due to different regimes, wars or just simple EU politics of exclusion. Spain being our final destination didn’t make things easier, since it does not recognize Kosovo’s independence and statehood. So, very much in line with the traditional Balkan narrative of traveling abroad, we went illegally, like many migrants and refugees have done and still do today. This particular trip was important because my friend, a world acclaimed guitar virtuoso of his generation, had decided to record himself, which he rarely does, and document a particular moment of personal growth. I had to be there with him because of our mutual love of music, but also in the name of a childhood under occupation and the disadvantages that come with being a Kosovan. 
It took me four years to narrate all the layers of this story and compose them into a film. I was worried, and still am, that it might not do justice to these born nomads, ourselves, imprisoned by politics of borders.

    Kaltrina Krasniqi

    Kaltrina Krasniqi


    Cinema for me has always served as a means of self discovery, reinvention and dialogue. But most of all, it has been a shelter of greatly intimate stories and desires.

    Kaltrina Krasniqi is an award-winning Kosovo-based film director and researcher working in film, television and digital humanities since early 2000. She is a founding member of Kosovo Oral History Initiative – a digital archive where personal histories of people from various paths of life are recorded and published, and a co-founder of Dit’ e Nat’; a non-formal setting for promotion of film, literature and music. She graduated in Film Directing in the University of Prishtina in 2004 and in 2011 completed her MA in Kosovo’s Institute for Journalism and Communication. In 2015 she continued her professional development in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with focus in Film Producing. Her last film SARABANDE (2018) premiered in ZagrebDox and it was awarded as Best Documentary in Cinalfama Film Festival and was a nominee in short documentary competition at Camerimage Festival 2018. Her first feature film VERA DREAMS OF THE SEA (2021) premiered in Venice International Film Festival 2021.

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