First feature, Italy Suisse Germany Albania Kosovo 2015, 90’, Italian & Albanian with English and Hebrew subtitles
By Laura Bispuri
Screenplay: Francesca Manieri
Cast: Alba Rohrwacher, Flonja Kodheli, Lars Eidinger, Luan Jaha, Emily Ferratello, Bruno Shllaku, Ilire Vinca Celaj
World sales: The Match Factory

Hana, a young Albanian, follows the ancient but still existing tradition of the “burrnesha” and renounces all sexuality. Officially, she accepts the role as a man. When “Mark”, torn inside, moves in with his sister Lila, who lives in Italy, the pressure to play a role becomes brittle again…

Laura Bispuri
After studying film at the Roman University of La Sapienza, Bispuri initially made short films. Passing Time was awarded the Premio David di Donatello for the best short film. In 2011, she was named Young Talent of the Year for Biondina at the Italian critics’ prize Nastro d’Argento. Her first full-length feature film Vergine giurata premiered in competition at the Berlinale in 2015 and was then shown at over 80 festivals and won numerous prizes.

filmography (selection):
2018: Figlia mia
2011: Biondina
2010: Salve Regina
2010: Passing Time

festivals & awards (selection):
– Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015: Variety’s Critics’ Choice
– Locarno Film Festival 2015: I film delle giurie
– Globi d’Oro 2015 – Best Debut Film
– Tribeca Film Festival 2015: World Narrative Competition – Nora Ephron Prize
– Berlinale 2015: Competition
– San Francisco International Film Festival 2015 – GGA: New Directors – Best Film
– Tribeca Film Festival 2015 – Nora Ephron Prize

Laura Bispuri


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