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Looking for Venera / Në kërkim të Venerës (2021)

1h 51m Drama 2021

16-yr-old Venera shares a cramped house in a small Kosovan town with three generations of her family. Stifled both physically and mentally, how can an attractive free-thinking young woman break free from this traditional patriarchal society? A rebellious new friend, who introduces her to an exciting world of booze and boys, might offer an escape route, but will anything really change for either of them?

With her award-winning first feature, director Norika Sefa shows an assured hand at creating a claustrophobic family atmosphere, an overall sense of volatility amongst the men in a country still recovering from the horrors of war and children who are always seemingly up to no good. It often feels like a documentary in its observational style, yet is also ravishingly cinematic, thanks to some impressive composition and lensing that makes it feel like a film from another time, almost as if shot on Polaroid.

Looking for Venera has won five international film festival awards, including the Special Jury Award at the 2021 Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Best Director - International (Norika Sefa) and Best Actress - International (Kosovare Krasniqi) Awards at the 2021 Hong Kong International Film Festival.

“A striking achievement especially in terms of visuals, atmosphere and performances” – Screen International

“Rites of passage, teenage girls in small towns, strict and uncomprehending parents: We know the drill, yet few films riffing on the subject get the mood and ambiguities as right as Looking For Venera.“- Variety

Looking for Venera is a stylistically raw gem.” - De Protagonisten.

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Director

Norika Sefa

Screenplay

Norika Sefa

Cinematographer

Luis Armando Arteaga

Language

Albanian

Subtitles

English

Countries

Macedonia, Kosovo

Studio

Film Republic

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