Vera Dreams of the Sea
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    Vera Dreams of the Sea

    Vera Andrron Detin

    Directed by

    Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia

    2021

    87 min

    • Albanian

    Drama

    Vera is a middle-aged sign language interpreter, who leads a well-structured life: a wife to a renowned judge, a supportive mother, and a caring grandmother. Her serene life is disrupted by her husband’s suicide followed by an unwelcome, menacing parade of men who claim to have ownership over their village family house. When the tendrils of an underworld scheme begin to surface, Vera’s world will face danger and seem ready to collapse. Fear and mistrust will force Vera to take the family’s fate into her own hands.

    The film is an intimate yet universal portrait of a woman, who has to face the raw reality of going against the deep-seated gender issues of our times.

    Awards

    • The Governor of Tokyo Award - Tokyo International Film Festival
    • Silver Alexander - Thessaloniki Film Festival

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Teuta Ajdini Jegeni
    Alketa Sylaj
    Astrit Kabashi
    Refet Abazi
    Arona Zyberi
    Screenplay
    Doruntina Basha
    Cinematography
    Sevdije Kastrati
    Editing
    Vladimir Pavlovski
    Kaltrina Krasniqi
    Music
    Petrit Çeku
    Genc Salihu
    Sales
    HERETIC OUTREACH
    Production
    ISSTRA CREATIVE FACTORY
    Production
    DREAM FACTORY MACEDONIA
    Production
    PAPADHIMITRI FILM PRODUCTION

    Press

    An assured debut...works both as a probing character study and as a commentary on the power imbalances in a culture in which patrilineal inheritance is the norm.

    Screen Daily

    A Kosovan widow must navigate the perils of a ruthless rural patriarchy in this astute, affecting and superbly acted feature debut.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    Kaltrina Krasniqi

    Kaltrina Krasniqi

    Kosovo

    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.

    Selected Filmography