11/17/2021 05:00 pm – Caligari FilmBühne

Kosovo 2021 111 min Albanian original version with German and English subtitles

by Norika Sefa

Script: Norika Sefa, DoP: Luis Armando Arteaga, Editor: Stefan Stabenow, Norika Sefa, Production: Circle Production, Producer: Besnik Krapi, Cast: Kosovare Krasniqi, Erjona Kakeli, Rozafa Celaj, Basri Lushtaku

Venera grows up in an intergenerational household in Kosovo – under the constant control of the men of her native village. She doesn’t want to end up like her mother, no way, a conviction she shares with her rebellious friend Dorina, who already has a boyfriend and takes liberties that are fascinating and new for Venera. Inside, a longing for freedom has awakened, and quickly encounters obstacles…

But how can Venera make her own choices if there isn’t really much to choose from? The distinctive soundtrack and delicate, observational camerawork add a documentary feel to this intimate coming-of-age story. While Venera’s hunger for freedom only grows, she sees Dorina give in to the demands of her family. Now, she must choose for herself…

Norika Sefa is a Kosovo-born filmmaker. Her films are heterogeneous in style, merging fiction and documentary, pieces that create atmosphere rather than stick to a conventional narrative. Recently, she made KISS ME, NOW, along with DESDE ARRIBA, two hybrid documentaries. The last one was made under the guidance of Werner Herzog in the Peruvian jungle. LOOKING FOR VENERA is her first feature film and premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Filmography (selection): 2016 FLUTTER, 2020 DESDE ARRIBA, 2020 KISS ME, NOW, 2021 LOOKING FOR VENERA

Awards (selection): Special Jury Award in the Tiger competition (International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands 2021), Jury Award for Best Actress (Valencia International Film Festival, Spain 2021)


Circle Production
Besnik Krapi
Str. Muharrem Fejza, Art Construction, B1, K7, No 47
10000 Prishtinë, Kosovo
Phone: +383 49 361727

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