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KUR PO XHIROHEJ NJË FILM / When Shooting a Film

KUR PO XHIROHEJ NJË FILM / When Shooting a Film

Xhanfise Keko and children’s book author Shpresa Vreto tackle Socialist Albania’s taboo subject of divorce. A sensitive child acting in a partisan drama tries to reunite his separated parents. After her husband, documentary filmmaker Endri Keko, was seriously injured in a 1979 car accident, Xhanfise began searching for more serious screen material. Much of When Shooting a Film’s story was drawn from the director’s personal observations of one of her child actors and his fighting parents on the set of Tomka and His Friends.

Xhanfise Keko
Albanian director Xhanfise Keko (1928-2007) utilized the children’s film genre to express personal concerns not found in the work of her male contemporaries. In the 1950s, Keko studied documentary filmmaking in Moscow. She then spent a decade shooting and cutting newsreels of military parades and communist party conferences. From 1971 to 1984, Keko directed a remarkable run of nearly a dozen features.

Film Selection: Taulanti kërkon një motër (1985) - Një vonesë e vogël (1983) - Kur po xhirohej një film (When Shooting a Film, 1981) - Partizani i vogël Velo (1980) - Tomka dhe shokët e tij (Tomka and His Friends, 1977) - Malësorët pas komisarëve (1976, doc) - Tingujt e luftës (1976) - Qyteti më i ri në botë (The Newest City in the World, 1974) - Mimoza llastica (Spoiled Mimoza, 1973)

Spotlight

Xhanfise Keko

Albania 1981
61 minutes
Albanian
OmeU

Screenplay
Cinematography
Petraq Lubonja
Editing
Shpresa Papapavllo
Sound
Gezim Sula
Music
Aleksander Peçi
Cast
Gentian Basha, Viktor Zhusti, Marjeta Ljarja, Violeta Dede, Sokol Angjeli

Production

Kinostudio Shqiperia e re
World Sales

Arkivi Qendror Shtetëror I Filmit

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Albanien 1981

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere