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by Laura Bispuri


Hana is growing up in an archaic alpine landscape in Albania where the old codes and traditional gender roles prevail. She escapes the fate of a wife and servant when, in accordance with the Kanun, the traditional Albanian law, she pledges herself to life-long virginity, thus sacrificing her femininity for perceived freedom. From now on, she is treated like a man. She is given a dagger and the name of Mark. But after ten years of seclusion, she decides to change her life and takes the train to Milan, where her sister lives with her family. She is not exactly expecting Hana ... In her debut feature film, Laura Bispuri accompanies a young woman on a difficult and painful odyssey, away from the old-fashioned world of the mountains and into the modern life of the city. The film relays the story of a woman who rediscovers her sexuality and draws on allegorical images to allude to the ambivalences in Hana's emotional life. This empathic study makes do with little dialogue, instead relying on glances, gestures and a protagonist who faces up to her own inconsistencies.

international title: Sworn Virgin
original title: Vergine giurata
country: Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Kosovo
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Laura Bispuri
film run: 90'
release date: FR 30/09/2015, BE 30/09/2015, DE 23/06/2016
screenplay: Laura Bispuri, Francesca Manieri
cast: Alba Rohrwacher, Lars Eidinger, Flonja Kodheli, Emily Ferratello, Luan Jaha
cinematography by: Vladan Radovic
film editing: Carlotta Cristiani, Jacopo Quadri
art director: Ilaria Sadun
costumes designer: Grazia Colombini
producer: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Robert Budina, Sabina Kodra, Dan Wechsler, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen
production: Vivo Film, Colorado Film, Rai Cinema, Erafilm Production, Bord Cadre
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Pretty Pictures, Abc Distribution, Drei-Freunde


main awards/selection

Berlinale 2015In competition
Tribeca Film Festival 2015World Narrative Competition
Bari International Film Festival 2015 
Stockholm International Film Festival 2015 
Tbilisi International Film Festival 2015 
BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival 2016 

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