Tirana Year Zero (2001)


Title: Tirana Year Zero
AKA:
Year: 2001
Original title: Tirana, année zéro
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Country: France | Albania
Language: Albania
Subtitles: English (Hard-subbed)
Genre: Comedy

Director: Fatmir Koçi

Cast

Nevin Meçaj  …  Niku
Ermela Teli  …  Klara
Rajmonda Bullku  …  Marta, Klara’s mother
Robert Ndrenika  …  Kujtim, Klara’s father
Bahar Mera  …  Xhafa, the director
Birçe Hasko  …  Besim, the neighbor
Lars Rudolph  …  Günter, the German
Juli Hajdini  …  Linda, Günter’s fiancée
Nigda Dako  …  Dessi, Vladimir’s daughter
Vladimir Metani  …  Vladimir
Artur Gorishti  …  Tare, the sculptor
Monika Lubonja  …  Nedji
Gëzim Rudi  …  Titi
Fatos Sela  …  The government employee
Jorida Meta  …  Gypsy woman

Plot / Synopsis

This film really brings out the best and worst of Albania. We see how life is in a harsh, post-communist country through the protagonist Nik. In his journey he experiences; love, betrayal, corruption and more importantly poverty. It is cynical and funny to watch his neighbours quarrel about politics and other things that are out of their reach. Moreover, the honour seen through his relationship with Klara is amusingly true!! Although this is a film, it can be read as an autobiography of many Albanians living abroad. Citizens of Albania assume life is perfect in the west, but as Nik talks about in the movie, there is nothing ideal about being a foreigner. A poignant and at the same time realistic story…

 

Dear Enemy (2004)

Original title: I dashur armik
Year: 2004
Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Country: Albania | France | Germany
Language: Albanian | German
Subtitles: English (.srt)
Genre: Drama

Director: Gjergj Xhuvani

Cast:
Marko Bitraku … Sami
Helidon Fino … Qasim
Birçe Hasko … Hoakin
Niko Kanxheri … The Priest
Peter Lohmeyer … Franz
Nina Petri … Gerta
Agim Qirjaqi … Ethem
Rinaldo Rocco … Giulio
Lefter Simoni … Vasjan
Anila Varfi … Ije
Margarita Xhepa … Grand Mother
Ndriçim Xhepa … Harun
Luiza Xhuvani … Vefi

Plot/Synopsis:
Albania 1943: After the Italian surrender, the Germans occupy the country, so the peoples’ situation becomes more and more chaotic. Harun Bonata, a clever trader with a big heart, hides three fugitives in his cellar: the partisan Quazim, the Jewish watchmaker Hoakin and the Italian soldier Giulio. Nevertheless, he makes a good deal with the German officer Franz…

Slogans (2001)

Original title: Parrullat
Year: 2001
Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Country: France | Albania
Language: Albanian
Subtitles: English | Spanish (.srt)
Genre: Comedy | Drama

Director: Gjergj Xhuvani

Cast:
Marko Bitraku … Gjin
Mirjana Dedi … Mira
Artur Gorishti … Andre
Birçe Hasko … Sabaf
Niko Kanxheri … Selman
Fadil Kujovska … Pashk
Rita Ladi … Lumja
Robert Ndrenika … Llesh
Agim Qirjaqi … Directeur de l’ecole
Luiza Xhuvani … Diana
Festim Çela … Festim

Plot/Synopsis:
Andre starts as a teacher in a remote mountain village in Albania. His first task is to choose one of two communist slogans. He picks the shorter one, which is appreciated by his class, because they have to build the slogan on the hillside using whitewashed rocks. However, this means that the longer slogan goes to Diana, the French teacher to whom Andre is attracted. Andre gets on the wrong side of the communist party boss of the village, when he stands up for an unjustly accused goat herdsman, whom he had befriended. The boss is determined to take his revenge on Andre.

The Albanian (2010)

Original title: Shqiptari
Year: 2010
Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Country: Albania | Germany
Language: Albanian
Subtitles: None
Genre: Drama

Director: Johannes Naber

Cast:
Nik Xhelilaj … Arben
Stipe Erceg … Damir
André Hennicke … Apotheker
Luan Jaha … Onkel
Young-Shin Kim
Çun Lajçi … Vater
Eva Löbau … Nicola
Marian Meder … Kioskbesitzer
Yllka Mujo … Etlevas Mutter
Fitim Quenaj
Bruno Shllaku … Sali
Ivan Shvedoff … Slatko
Xhejlane Terbunia … Etleva
Amos Zaharia … Ilir

Plot/Synopsis:
Handsome Albanian villager Arben wants to marry Etleva, daughter of a neighboring clan, but her father has promised her to another man who is offering a 10,000 Euros bride price. But when it turns out Etleva is carrying Arben’s child, the pressure is on for him to come up with the dowry before the baby is born — and before her brothers take revenge for the dishonor he has brought their family. Fleeing to Berlin without papers, experience or knowledge of the language, Arben soon learns the ways of survival.