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HERE BE DRAGONS

HERE BE DRAGONS

In 2012, Irish cinema writer and filmmaker Mark Cousins was invited to serve as a juror on Albania’s national film festival. Cousins took advantage of the opportunity to crisscross the capital, Tirana, and its outskirts, recording hours of footage of galleries, street life and the notorious pyramid, the ruined, flying saucer-like monument built in honor of the former leader, Enver Hoxha. His first-person essay doc is a striking rumination on the complicated legacy of communism on Albanian cinema and film artists like Xhanfise Keko.

Mark Cousins
Mark Cousins, born in Coventry, Great Britain, in 1965, and grown up in Northern Ireland, is a filmmaker, film critic, author and festival programmer. A prolific producer and director, he is best known for his 15-hour 2011 documentary "The Story of Film: An Odyssey“, and shot several essay films. He is the co-founder (with Tilda Swinton) of the 8½ Foundation.

Film Selection: Women Making Films: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018, doc) - The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018, doc) - I Am Belfast (2015, doc) - Atomic, Living in Dread and Promise (2015, doc) - 6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia (2014, doc) - Here Be Dragons (2013, doc) - The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011, TV series doc) - The First Movie (2009, doc)

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Mark Cousins

Great Britain 2013
79 minutes
English/Albanian
OmeU

Screenplay
Cinematography
Mark Cousins, Gentian Koci
Editing
Timo Langer
Sound
Ali Murray
Music
Immigrant Suns, Elizabeth Temple
Cast
Mark Cousins, Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, Fatmir Koci, Regina Logo
Producers
Don Boyd, Genc Permeti

Trailer
Website

Production

Hibrow Productions

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
London Film Festival 2013

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere