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TOMKA DHE SHOKËT E TIJ / Tomka and His Friends

TOMKA DHE SHOKËT E TIJ / Tomka and His Friends

A group of young boys plot revenge on the Nazi occupiers after their soccer field is turned into a German military camp. Aiding local communist partisans, the industrious children, spy, sabotage and even poison the camps pet German shepherd. Keko and cinematographer Faruk Basha suspensefully frame the story in Albania’s charged atmospheric fortress city of Berat. An immensely popular staple of Albanian television, Tomka and His Friends received a UK theatrical release thirty years after its national premiere.

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)

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Xhanfise Keko

Albania 1977
74 minutes
Albanian
OmeU

Screenplay
Cinematography
Faruk Basha
Editing
Shpresa Papapavllo
Sound
Vangjel Leka
Music
Aleksandër Lalo
Cast
Enea Zhegu, Herion Mustafaraj, Genci Mosho, Artan Puto, Fluranc Ilia, Selma Sotillari, Zehrudin Dokle, Xhelal Tafaj
Producers
Nikollaq Taja

Production

Kinostudio Shqiperia e re
World Sales

Arkivi Qendror Shtetëror I Filmit

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Albanien 1977

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere