Zana

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    Zana

    Directed by

    Kosovo, Albania

    2019

    97 min

    • Albanian

    Drama

    In Kosovo, it is said that every mountain has its own zana bathing in freshwater streams. These mystical creatures can heal, bestow bountiful gifts, and act as guardians to children who dare enter the woods. In a Kosovar village amid this shadowy world, Lume, an Albanian woman, lives with her husband Ilir and mother-in-law Remzije. Having lost her only child a decade earlier in the war, Lume is haunted by night terrors and unable to conceive. Desperate to fill a void, her family pressures her to seek magical healers to treat her infertility. When Lume resists, Remzije brings an eager, younger prospective wife to the home. Under threat of being replaced, Lume abandons modern medicine and agrees to explore traditional practices. But old traumas slowly rise to torment Lume. When Remzije catches her sleepwalking to a feared witch doctor, extreme measures are taken to protect the pending fetus from evil.

    Awards

    • Kosovo's Submission for the 92nd Academy Awards

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Adriana Matoshi
    Astrit Kabashi
    Fatmire Sahiti
    Screenplay
    Casey Cooper Johnson
    Antoneta Kastrati
    Cinematography
    Sevdije Kastrati
    Editing
    Antoneta Kastrati
    Production
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    Press

    The essence of ZANA is captured by the powerful yet subtle performance of rising star Adriana Matoshi.

    Vassilis Economou, Cineuropa

    Astute... Unflinching... Impressive debut.

    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

    Overwhelming emotional experience.

    Dana Reinoos, Cinema Scope

    Beautiful and bleak feature debut.

    Kelly Boutsalis, Now Toronto

    Antoneta Kastrati

    Antoneta Kastrati

    Kosovo

    What “Zana” offers is a small window into life-shattering, long-term effects of war. I would want the audience to come out with a slightly greater understanding of it.

    Antoneta Kastrati was born in Zahaq, Kosovo. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communication, and attended the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women. She has directed the short documentaries SEEKING MAGIC (2008) and SHE COMES IN SPRING (2013). ZANA (2019) is her feature debut and it world premiered at TIFF in the Discovery Section. She is one of ten selected women directors that were chosen to be part of a special focus for the European Film Promotion’s EUROPE! VOICES OF WOMEN IN FILM, to be presented at Sydney FF 2020.