Enkelejd Lluca in post-produzione con Das Meer ist der Himmel
di Teresa Vena
- Il secondo lungometraggio del regista è un dramma familiare e un road movie che vede un uomo tornare in Albania, la sua terra natale, dopo aver vissuto in Germania negli ultimi 15 anni
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The shoot for Das Meer ist der Himmel (lit. “The Sea Is Heaven”) took place between October 2021 and summer 2022. One week of principal photography unfolded in Frankfurt, Germany, and then the crew travelled to Albania for 32 days in June and July 2022. The family drama has the narrative structure of a road movie. It is the second feature by Albanian-born German director Enkelejd Lluca (Frankfurt Coincidences [+leggi anche:
scheda film]). As in his first project, Lluca writes and directs, and he is again interested in human relationships, and in the topics of family, one’s roots and power structures in society.
In this new film, a 35-year-old man, Leon, goes back to Albania, the land of his birth, after living in Germany for the last 15 years. His grandfather has passed away, and his ashes are to be scattered into the sea. His return to a place and to a family he never wanted to see again confronts Leon with his past. He embarks on a journey through the country and discovers some pleasant things about it, but at the same time, a well-guarded family secret is unveiled.
Among the main cast will be an ensemble of Albanian-German actors, such as Blerim Destani (Der letzte Bulle [+leggi anche:
scheda film], Man from Beirut [+leggi anche:
intervista: Christoph Gampl
scheda film]) and Murat Seven (Air [+leggi anche:
scheda film], House Without Roof [+leggi anche:
scheda film]). They are flanked by Ariana Gansuh, Edon Rizvanolli (Unwanted [+leggi anche:
intervista: Edon Rizvanolli
scheda film], Moloch), Gezim Rudi (Bloodlands [+leggi anche:
scheda film]) and Ndricim Xhepa (The Delegation [+leggi anche:
Shot in German and Albanian, the film is now in post-production. Das Meer ist der Himmel is planned to be released in German cinemas in July 2024. Four Guys Film Distribution, based in Frankfurt, will be in charge of the distribution. The drama is a production by Park Eleven, the director’s own company, based in Berlin, and Domar Film, with offices in both Munich and Esslingen. It is a co-production with local TV channel Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR), and is financed by Hessen Film and Saarland Medien.
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