AGA’S HOUSE travels back to India @ BIFFES, the Bengaluru International Film Festival

AGA’S HOUSE travels back to India as part of contemporary world cinema selection at 12th edition of BIFFES, the Bengaluru International Film Festival scheduled to be held during February 26th – March 4th, 2020 in Bengaluru City.

The film festival is being organized by the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy for the Government of Karnataka. Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka State in India, is an important center of International film culture in keeping with Karnataka’s glorious heritage and the State’s achievements in the fields of literature, fine arts, and cinema. The Kannada Film Industry has made significant contribution to the quality and range of cinematic expression and grown to produce over 200 films every year. Films from Karnataka have won national and international recognition and critical acclaim at various International Film Festivals, over the years.

Aga’s House – Egyptian Premiere @ Aswan International Women Film Festival

Aga’s House by Lendita Zeqiraj will have its Egyptian Premiere at Aswan International Women Film Festival to be held from February 10th – 16th, 2020.

Established in 2017 by Mohamed Abdel Khaled, Aswan International Women Film Festival has quickly become one of Egypt’s premier film events. It is conducted in coordination between the Egyptian ministries of culture and tourism, under the supervision of the National Council for Women. The festival attracts an international audience of celebrities and politicians from the Arab world and beyond.

“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.

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” Luxembourg Premiere @ CINEAST Central and Eastern European Film Festival

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” Canadian Premiere @ Calgary International Film Festival

Calgary Official Selection

AGA’S HOUSE” by Lendita Zeqiraj, will have its Canadian Premiere at Calgary International Film Festival, to be held from September 13 – 29, 2019.

This year the Calgary International Film Festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary year and is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and over 50 other countries. The festival hosts gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a Behind the Screen series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact.

With steady growth over the past four years, in 2018 Calgary Film attendance hit over 38,000 attendees, our second-highest attendance in the festival’s nineteen-year history. 

The Calgary International Film Festival is now the largest film festival in Alberta and is the sixth largest in Canada. It is also an Oscar-qualifying festival for short films and was named one of “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in both 2016 & 2017 by MovieMaker Magazine.

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