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by Iris Elezi


Bota (Albanian for “the world”) is a cafe situated on the edge of a vast area of marshland in a remote part of Albania, and it is here that the lives of the protagonists intersect in this compelling debut by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci. The directors skilfully exploit the genius loci of the desolate landscape and, aided by a period score and beguiling long shots, they flawlessly evoke the atmosphere of a place where the past still encroaches upon people’s lives.

international title: Bota
original title: Bota
country: Italy, Albania
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Iris Elezi
film run: 100'
screenplay: Iris Elezi
cast: Flonja Kodheli, Fioralba Kyremadhi, Artur Gorishti, Tinka Kurti, Alban Ukaj, Luca Lionello
cinematography by: Ramiro Civita
film editing: Walter Fasano
art director: Shpetim Baca
costumes designer: Emir Turkeshi
music: Walter Fasano, Nathalie Tanner
producer: Andrea Stucovitz, Sabina Kodra
production: Partner Media Investment, Erafilm Production
backing: Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, FlexFilm, QKK - National Film Center Albania, Eurimages
distributor: PMI Distribuzione, Istituto Luce Cinecittà

main awards/selection

Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2014 

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