Retrospective 2019

Nusja dhe shtetrrethimi

The Bride and the Curfew
Kristaq Mitro, Ibrahim Muçaj
AL 1978
52min
V'19

Following the founding of Albania’s Kinostudio in 1952, the majority of the country’s films dealt with the communist victory over the occupying Germans during the Second World War. Even after Marxist strongman Enver Hoxha died in 1985, Albanian motion pictures continued to recycle this struggle, often going to ridiculous lengths in the process. With a script by Elena Kadare, wife of Albania’s famed novelist Ismail Kadare, NUSJA DHE SHTETRRETHIMI forms a striking exception here. After assassinating a fascist official, a young guerrilla fighter tries to flee her besieged fortress town. When the town is surrounded by the Germans who conduct a thorough house-to-house search, the fighter joins a local wedding, disguising herself as a traditional bride. Directors Muçaj and Mitro collaborated on ten features, but this film and another war tale entitled DIMRI I FUNDIT (1976) are their best – spare, economic black-and-white images that recall Robert Bresson’s UN CONDAMNÉ À MORT S’EST ÉCHAPPÉ at times. After NUSJA’s initial release, the Albanian authorities tightened their restrictions, forbidding further films from copying the film’s unique and striking look.

On 2.11. in the presence of Kristaq Mitro and Elena Kadare.
On 2.11. with BŁĘKITNY KRZYŻ.

Credits
  • Rajmonda Bulku
  • Llazi Serbo
  • Thimi Filipi
  • Sotiraq Bratko
  • Kastriot Caushi
  • Gjergj Lala
  • Marta Burda
  • Irakli Seferi
  • Elena Kadare
  • Bardhyl Martiniani
  • Atalanta Pasko
  • Kujtim Laro
  • Azis Karalliu
Kinostudio “Shqipëria e Re”
35 mm
SW
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