The Marriage

Blerta Zeqiri, Kosovo, Albanië, 97 min, Eastern Neighbours Filmfestival

Onderdeel van: Eastern Neighbours Film Festival English Specials

A touching and compassionate drama which unfolds the impossibility of gay love in a patriarchal society from a humane perspective, beyond the postulates of political correctness.
Bekim and Anita are getting married in two weeks, so they are adding the final touches to the big day. Despite expecting news of Anita’s parents, declared missing since the 1999 Kosovar War, and with Bekim’s controlling family in turn, the couple seem to manage with preparations. But when Bekim’s secret gay ex-lover, Nol, returns from abroad unexpectedly, the situation complicates, especially by the fact that Nol is still in love with Bekim. Inevitably, the wedding banquet loads with tension. The director Blerta Zeqiri considers that same sex love in Kosovo is today’s Romeo and Juliette story, thus she wanted to make the audience leave the three main characters’ gender aside and feel for them in this complicated triangle, where no decision is without a victim. The result is a well-performed, absorbing and empathetic debut film, winner of the FIPRESCI and Special Jury prizes in Tallinn and Kosovar submission for the Oscars.
Blerta Zeqiri
Kosovo, Albanië

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