Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Sworn Virgin
(Vergine giurata)

 

Year: 2015
Country: ITALY, SWITZERLAND, GERMANY, ALBANIA, KOSOVO
Run Time: 84 minutes

Sworn Virgin
Sworn Virgin
Sworn Virgin

Identity and gender issues abound in Laura Bispuri’s SWORN VIRGIN. But this intriguing drama is hardly your typical film about sexuality. Hana grew up in the mountains of Northern Albania. To avoid an arranged marriage and to counter second-class citizen status in her brutally chauvinistic village, she adopts the “Kanun code of honor” and agrees to live life as a celibate “man” named Mark. She cuts her hair, binds her breasts, and wears men’s clothing. By his mid-30s, Mark is miserable. He flees the mountains and ends up on the doorstep of his adoptive sister, Lila, in Italy. Lila fled the same village years earlier to marry and have a daughter. With Lila’s help, Mark/Hana (played with soft-spoken grace by Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher) embarks on a search for self. The film is based on the novel by Elvira Dones, whose research included interviewing sworn virgins in Albania. Bispuri favors quiet visual storytelling over noisy dialogue and exposition, weaving strands of Mark/Hana’s past and present into a memorable character study. (In Albanian and Italian with subtitles) –C.O.

CIFF40 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, April 04, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Sidebar
10% Cinema

Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director
Laura Bispuri

Laura Bispuri was born in Rome in 1977. SWORN VIRGIN has won several awards, including the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it was praised for its "beautifully nuanced vision."

Filmography
SWORN VIRGIN (2015)

Producers
Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Maurizio Totti, Alessandro Usai, Dan Wechsler, Michael Weber, Viola F├╝gen, Sabina Kodra, Robert Budina

Screenwriting
Francesca Manieri, Laura Bispuri

Cinematography
Vladan Radovic

Editing
Carlotta Cristiani, Jacopo Quadri

Principal Cast
Alba Rohrwacher, Flonja Kodheli, Lars Eidinger, Luan Jaha, Bruno Shllaku, Ilire Celaj, Drenica Selimaj, Dajana Selimaj, Emily Ferratello

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