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BOTA

BOTA

Albania. Nearby a haunted swamp, Juli, Nora, and Ben work together in an isolated village where their families were exiled during the communist rule. Under the disapproving eyes of Juli, Ben juggles an affair with Nora while dreaming of expanding his café into the Balkans. Their quiet world ceases to exist when a highway crew begins to widen the road. Juli falls for the engineer Mili but worries about her ailing and confused grandmother, Noje. As the new road approaches, the village inhabitants have one last glorious night of fireworks and celebration. But at the break of dawn, Juli, Ben, and Nora must face a secret from their traumatic past.

Iris Elezi 
Iris Elezi is an award-winning Albanian filmmaker and lecturer. She studied at the Tisch School of the Arts and co-founded the initiative The Albanian Cinema Project, and is head of the Albanian National Film Archive. "Bota" premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and won the FEDEORA Award for Best Film.
 
Film Selection: Bota (2014, CE'15) - Disposable Heroes (2005, short doc)

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Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci

Albania / Italy / Kosovo 2014
100 minutes
Albanian
OmeU

Screenplay
Cinematography
Ramiro Civita
Editing
Walter Fasano
Sound
Nenad Vukadinovic, Pellumb Ballata
Music
Walter Fasano, Nathalie Tanner
Cast
Flonja Kodheli, Artur Gorishti, Fioralba Kryemadhi, Tinka Kurti
Producers
Sabina Kodra, Andrea Stucovitz, Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, Burim Berisha

Trailer
Website

Production

Erafilm, PMI
World Sales

Erafilm

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014