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 @ CINEDAYS Festival of European Films

AGA’S HOUSE by Lendita Zeqiraj will be part of CINE BALKAN competition at CINEDAYS Festival of European Films, to be held from 7 – 15 November 2019, in Skopje, North Macedonia.

Back in 2001, on the initiative of the Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and Viviane Reding, serving at that time as a European Commissioner for Education and Culture, CINEDAYS was established as an idea of ‘celebrating the European cinematography’ in each of the major European capitals. Since then, only in Skopje, CINEDAYS evolved from a ‘week of celebrating the European cinema’ to a true, well established and recognized festival of European film. In 2018, CINEDAYS was recognized by FIAPF and was accredited as “Competitive film festival specialized in European first and second feature films”.

The Festival is dedicated to promotion of young and talented European authors in two large competitive selections, as well as screening the latest achievements by the most awarded and acclaimed European directors. CINEDAYS Festival of European film is the largest film festival in Macedonia.

“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

Aga’s House – Montenegro Premiere at Seanema Film Festival

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.

Aga’s house [2019]: ‘KVIFF’ review – The origins of trauma and sin – by: Arman Fatic

Director Zeqiraj, has shown in her previous short films, (that have traveled to more than 300 international festivals),  that her stories focus on wartime, youth and the people living on margins of society. In that sense, “Aga’s House” looks like a culmination of hard work in her fifteen-year-long career.  The film tells stories of women and boy living far away from the world. From the first moment, it is obvious that something is not right, but it’s actually really hard to pinpoint what that certain something is. Relations of women are blurred out, they don’t really resemble one another, with their attitudes and age they also don’t really look they could be in any kind of blood relation.

South-Slavic cinephiles might be able to draw a few parallels with “Snow”, Cannes Critics Week awarded film by Bosnian director Aida Begić and  Golden Berlin Bear awarded film “Esma’s Secret” by Jasmila Žbanić. It’s not far away from the truth, as the faiths and history in a region is similar, so are the films in a certain sense. But what director Zeqiraj brings on a table is a bit more deliberate and deeper story than we had a chance to see so far in a region.

Full Article: @ArmanFatic.com

Cineuropa’s review of Lendita Zeqiraj’s Aga’s House by Vassilis Economou.

“The Kosovar filmmaker is set to present her eagerly awaited coming-of-age social drama, which focuses on female protagonists and is competing at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival”

Having already forged a successful career with her short films, award-winning Kosovar writer-director Lendita Zeqiraj is due to open the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s East of the West competition with her eagerly awaited debut feature, Aga’s House.

Zeqiraj, who was declared National Filmmaker of the Year in 2014 in her home country, has travelled to over 300 international film festivals with her previous works. Specifically, her short film Balcony premiered at the 70th Venice Film Festival, in the Orizzonti Short Films Competition, and was awarded the Jury Prize at the 2013 edition of AFI FEST. In addition, her last short film, Fence, won the Best Short Award at Palm Springs, Hamptons and New Orleans Film Festivals, thus qualifying three times for the Academy Award for Best Short Film.

Full article at: Cineuropa.org