Zana

 
Haunted by her long-suppressed past and pressured by family to seek treatment from mystical healers for her infertility, a Kosovar woman struggles to reconcile the expectations of motherhood with a legacy of wartime brutality, in documentarian Antoneta Kastrati’s deeply personal feature debut. Exploring the deep and everlasting wounds of war, Kastrati portrays a community where the treatment for loss can at times seem archaic and nonsensical. @Zana@ is a cinematic homage to the endurance of women and a powerful release of unspeakable suffering. (Dorota Lech, Toronto International Film Festival)

Director's Biography
Antoneta Kastrati: Antoneta Kastrati was born in Zahaq, Kosovo. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communication, and attended the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women. She has directed the short documentaries “Seeking Magic” and “She Comes in Spring”. “Zana” is her feature debut.  Film Selection: Zana (2019) - She Comes in Spring (2013, doc short) - Laleh (2012, doc short) - Robin (2012, doc short) - Seeking Magic (2008, doc short)
Crossing Europe Extracts 2020
Antoneta Kastrati
Kosovo / Albania 2019
color
97 minutes
Albanian
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Casey Cooper Johnson, Antoneta Kastrati
Cinematography Sevdije Kastrati
Editing Antoneta Kastrati, Brett W. Bachman, Michal Reich
Sound/Sounddesign Igor Popovski, Owen Granich-Young
Music Dritero Nikqi
With Adriana Matoshi, Astrit Kabashi, Fatmire Sahiti
Producer(s) Casey Cooper Johnson, Sevdije Kastrati, Dritan Huqi, Brett Walker, Miguel Govea
Production
Crossing Bridges Films, On Film Production, alief
World Sales
alief films
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Toronto International Film Festival 2019
Premierenstatus / Premiere Status:
Austrian Premiere Weltpremiere / World Premiere:
Toronto International Film Festival 2019