Aga's House – Nordic Premiere @ Göteborg Film Festival

Aga’s House by Lendita Zeqiraj will have its Nordic Premiere at prestigious Göteborg Film Festival to be held from January 24th – February 3rd 2020.

In 43 years, Göteborg Film Festival has developed and grown strong and today is the largest film festival in the Nordic countries and the most important annual meeting place in the Nordic film industry.

Today, the film festival is also one of the biggest cultural events in Sweden and the audience’s response testifies to the fact that the event has found its place in both hearts and minds. What once started as a bold dream of two cineasts has become a stable and appreciated part of Swedish cultural life and a significant player in the international film industry.

The festival runs for eleven days during the month of January-February and attracts around 160,000 visitors. During the festival period, about 450 films from some 80 countries will be shown in about 1,000 screenings.

French Premiere for AGA’S HOUSE @ Les Arcs Film Festival

AGA’S HOUSE” by Lendita Zeqiraj will have it’s French Premiere at Les Arcs Film Festival, as part of HAUTEUR Section, A selection of bold films tackling contemporary major subjects. Nothing is too difficult to grasp for these authors, personally selected across Europe by Festival’s Artistic Director, Frederic Boyer!

The Festival has become a major cultural event with a focus on the promotion of the European in its diversity and of the many talents our continent has to offer. Located in the Alps, in one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world, the Festival gives you both the chance to enjoy the first snows of the year and to attend screenings all day long in the presence of their crews. Unforgettable parties, special events, concerts and DJ sets are also organized at night!

“AGA’S HOUSE” German Premiere @ Film Festival Cottbus

“AGA’S HOUSE” by Lendita Zeqiraj will have its German Premiere as part of Feature Film Competition at Film Festival Cottbus, to be held from 5 – 10 November 2019.

The FilmFestival Cottbus was first held in 1991 in the immediate post-reunification era and is regarded as the most important festival of Eastern European Cinema worldwide. The host city of Cottbus is located 120 km southeast of Berlin and is a gateway to the east, only a few miles away from the border to Poland in the bilingual (German/Sorbian) Lausitz region in the state of Brandenburg.

Every year, filmmakers, producers and actors from Eastern and Central Europe meet in Cottbus. The film industry platform “connecting cottbus” plays an important role in bringing together filmmakers, producers and potential financiers. It even pushes some projects from the first idea to the actual film. FilmFestival Cottbus is a hallmark as a consumer and industry meeting alike.

“Aga’s House” Italian Premiere @ Rome International Film Festival

“AGA’S HOUSE” by Lendita Zeqiraj will have it’s Italian Premiere at Alice nella città an independent and parallel section of Rome International Film Festival.

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.

Turkish Premiere of AGA’S HOUSE @ Bosphorus Film Festival

“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” Indian Premiere @ Kolkata International Film Festival

“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

“AGA’S HOUSE” @ ODA – Tetova International Film Festival

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” Variety – Film Review by Jessica Kiang

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