The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: ALBANIA, KOSOVO
Run Time: 98 minutes
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
With their wedding only two weeks away, Anita and Bekim are busily taking care of last minute arrangements. Bekim’s attention is suddenly captured by the unexpected return of Nol, a popular singer in France who used to board with Bekim and his mother during the unsettled days of the Kosovar War. The young men shared music, games, and their terrors of the conflict around them. They also fell deeply in love. Nol has returned with the purpose of reclaiming this love. Bekim, a successful bar owner eager to settle into respectability, is rattled by his former lover’s return. Feelings he thought long hidden prove to be very much alive. As the day of Bekim’s wedding approaches, the passion between him and Nol reignites. THE MARRIAGE is a bittersweet tale of true love battling with social norms and prejudices. Will the expectations and duties of his culture win the day, or will Bekim follow his heart and shatter his world? (In Albanian with subtitles) —C.R.
Tower City Cinemas
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 4:15 PM
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 8:45 PM
George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Award-winning director and scriptwriter Blerta Zeqiri was born in 1979 in Kosovo. She has worked on a number of shorts and feature films, which have screened at festivals around the world. THE MARRIAGE won the Special Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
Exit (2004), THE MARRIAGE (2017)
Keka Kreshnik Berisha, Bunker Film+
Blerta Zeqiri, Keka Kreshnik Berisha
Keka Kreshnik Berisha
Alban Ukaj, Adriana Matoshi, Genc Salihu