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