Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Hero
(Heroi)

Year: 2014
Country: KOSOVO
Run Time: 105 minutes

The Hero
The Hero
The Hero
The Hero

One of the many wars in the Balkans is over. Shkëmb returns a hero, celebrated for saving the local population during the conflict. But over time his sacrifice is forgotten. Though Shkëmb hews to his principles of integrity and honesty, Kosovar society is changing. A gentle, patriotic educator who teaches Albanian poetry to young children, he is fired and his job is given to a local. A cadre of political and business careerists are busy trampling on the nation’s ideals, and they’re not interested in employing a hero. Unwilling to accept gifts, he and his long-suffering wife and child continue to live in a tent donated by humanitarian organizations – for six years. Gaunt and hollow-eyed, Shkëmb (played by Arben Bajraktaraj, one of Harry Potter’s Death Eaters) becomes horribly disillusioned. His suffering is familiar to many battle-scarred veterans who can’t adapt to life after service. THE HERO is a plea for a return to old-fashioned virtues such as honor and dignity. (In Albanian with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM -
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:15 PM -
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Competition
George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition

Director
Luan Kryeziu

Born in Prizren, Kosovo, Luan Kryeziu is a graduate of the Art Academy of Kosovo, where he studied acting and directing.

Filmography
THE HERO (2014)

Producer
Luan Kryeziu

Screenwriting
Luan Kryeziu

Cinematography
Roger Simonsz

Editing
Larry Waxman

Principal Cast
Arben Bajraktaraj, Adriana Morina, Enver Petrovci, çun Lajçi, Xhemi Agaj, Selman Lokaj

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