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 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)
Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci
Albania / Italy / Kosovo 2014
- Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci
- Ramiro Civita
- Walter Fasano
- Nenad Vukadinovic, Pellumb Ballata
- Walter Fasano, Nathalie Tanner
- Flonja Kodheli, Artur Gorishti, Fioralba Kryemadhi, Tinka Kurti
- Sabina Kodra, Andrea Stucovitz, Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, Burim Berisha
- World Sales
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014