Zana

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Zana

Directed by Antoneta Kastrati

  • Kosovo, Albania 2019; 97 min
  • Original version: Albanian
  • Genre: Drama
    • Kosovo's Submission for the 92nd Academy Awards

Synopsis

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.

Production

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International Sales

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