GREAT NEWS from NORTH MACEDONIA! Three Awards for Lendita Zeqiraj’s “AGA’S HOUSE” at ODA Tetovo International Film Festival. Adriana Matoshi wins BEST ACTRESS AWARD for her role of Lumja, Rozafa Celaj and Basri Lushtaku get JURY SPECIAL MENTION Awards for their roles in “AGA’S HOUSE”.
The event, planned to take place in Rome from Oct. the 17th to 27th 2019, aims to open new and more articulate chapters of his own idea of cinema dedicated to young people, through screenings, encounters and chances to confront. During his previous editions Alice nella città has been marked out by an always increasing growth not only in terms of audience but most of all for what concerns the spotlight dedicated to Alice nella città by the government institutions, the press, the media, the schools, the families and by young people of different ages, that can find themselves represented by a cultural project completely dedicated to them.
“AGA’S HOUSE” by Lendita Zeqiraj will have it’s Turkish Premiere as part of International Competition at International Bosphorus Film Festival, to be held from 15 – 25 October 2019 in Istanbul.
The International Bosphorus Film Festival, organized by the International Bosphorus Cinema Association (IBCA) aims to provide a contribution to the development of ethics, aesthetics and technical cohesive movies, the funding and motivation in the creation to young producers and directors for producing new films, and to promote the cinema in the country and abroad.
“AGA’S HOUSE”by Lendita Zeqiraj, wins AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD at Tirana International Film Festival, Albania.
“AGA’S HOUSE” by Lendita Zeqiraj, has been officially selected to be part of international competition: Innovation in Moving Images at Kolkata International Film Festival, to be held from 8 – 15 November 2019, in Kolkata – India. This will as well be “AGA’S HOUSE” Indian Premiere.
The Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) is an annual film festival held in Kolkata, India. Founded in 1995, it is the second oldest international film festival in India. The festival is organized by the West Bengal Film Centre under the West Bengal Government. The Government of West Bengal created Nandan the West Bengal Film Centre in 1985. In 1995, Nandan organized its first ever independent film festival. Within a couple of years it was recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations – Paris), the international authority of film festivals
Continuing it’s travel through North Macedonia, “AGA’S HOUSE” by Lendita Zeqiraj will be screened as part of Cine Balkan Panorama competition at ODA – Tetova International Film Festival, to be held from 7 – 13 October 2019, in Tetovo, North Macedonia.
Tetova International Film Festival – this year comes with a lot of energy, with a rich program, innovation and various films. The purpose of this festival is the approach of the all film artists in order to raise citizens’ awareness, exchange of ideas, presentation of cultural works. TIFF – ODA conquers Tetovo for around a week, turning it into a city of celebration, debate and promotion for the fact that a society is happier and more emancipated if through the art of language achieves to reflect its beautiful and its imperfection sides.
“AGA’S HOUSE” by Lendita Zeqiraj, will have its Albania Premiere at Tirana International Film Festival as part of Eye on TIFF Competition Program, on September 25th, and following next day on September 26th will continue it’s theatrical release in CINEPLEXX Cinemas in Tirana, Albania.
A punchy, uncompromising drama, set in a remote refuge for women, tells a story of those traditionally underrepresented in Kosovan society.
From the beginning, there’s something disconcerting about the exuberance of Lendita Zeqiraj’s feature debut “Aga’s House.” We’re immediately plunked down into the middle of a circle of women sitting on a remote Kosovan hillside in the sunshine exchanging salty anecdotes while preparing food. They laugh, bicker and throw cruel little jabs at one another, referring to age, attractiveness, sexual experience or lack thereof. But the bawdiness and hilarity feels volatile and precarious, as though it could end at any moment, as though these women, in their exile from society, are living as loudly and brashly as they can to drown out the ticking of the unexploded mine of the past over which they dance. For a film with so much laughter, “Aga’s House” is an intensely uneasy experience.
Four of the women have been living in this so-called “refuge house” for some time: the pretty, flirtatious, unserious Emira (Rozafa Çelaj); her best friend and sparring partner Luma (Adriana Matoshi); Kumrija (Shengyl Ismaili) the careworn mother of 9-year-old boy Aga (Arti Lokaj); and Gjyla (Meliahte Qena) a widow in her 70s who was forced from her family home after her son was killed in the Kosovan war, leaving her with no male relative. To this number is added a fifth, Zdenka (Rebekah Qena), a middle-aged Croatian woman whose arrival is viewed with suspicion by the rest of the gang.
Full Article: @Variety.com
“AGA’S HOUSE” by Lendita Zeqiraj, will have its Luxembourg Premiere at , CINEAST Central and Eastern European Film Festival as part of CINÉSCOPE Program, A selection of the most interesting recent films from across the region of Central and Eastern Europe, to be held from October 3 – 20, 2019 in Luxembourg.
CinEast (ciné-East) − Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg, is held annually in October since 2008, with 10,400 festival-goers in 2018, over 65 features and over 50 short films by directors from 20 CEE countries. Around 100 screenings in a dozen cinemas in the city of Luxembourg and other towns, selection of outstanding fiction, documentary and animated films.
“AGA’S HOUSE” by Lendita Zeqiraj, will have its Montenegro Premiere at SEANEMA Film Festival, as part of Feature Film Competition Program, to be held from September 18 – 21, 2019 in Ulcinj, Montenegro.
SEANEMA Film Festival aims at becoming an important meeting point for acknowledged and new filmmakers alike from all over the world, who will have the opportunity to promote their work and enjoy themselves, along with a numerous audience, in a dreamy place under the sound of Ionian sea waves.