Cleveland International Film Festival } March 27 – April 7, 2019 } Tower City Cinemas

The Marriage
(Martesa)

 

Year: 2017
Country: ALBANIA, KOSOVO
Run Time: 98 minutes

The Marriage
The Marriage
The Marriage
The Marriage

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.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 8:45 PM

Sidebar
10% Cinema

Competitions
George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Film Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director

Director
Blerta Zeqiri

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.

Filmography
Exit (2004), THE MARRIAGE (2017)

Producers
Keka Kreshnik Berisha, Bunker Film+

Screenwriting
Blerta Zeqiri, Keka Kreshnik Berisha

Cinematography
Sevdije Kastrati

Editing
Keka Kreshnik Berisha

Principal Cast
Alban Ukaj, Adriana Matoshi, Genc Salihu

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