Cinema of Albania

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The Cinema of Albania refers to the film industry based in Albania and comprises the art of films and movies made within the country or by Albanian directors abroad. Albania has had an active cinema industry since 1897 and began strong activities in 1940 after the foundation of both the Kinostudio Shqiperia e Re and National Center of Cinematography in Tirana.[1][2]

Early Albanian films were introduced in Albania in 1909 by painter and photographer Kolë Idromeno in Shkodër.[3][4][5] Afterwards, the first public screening of foreign films took place over the years.

The motion pictures have won international and prestigious awards and each year new Albanian films are seen at film festivals around the globe.

In consideration to the Albanian diaspora, there are several internationally renowned actors such as the Albanian-Americans Eliza Dushku, Klement Tinaj, Masiela Lusha, Jim and John Belushi, Kosovo-Albanians Bekim Fehmiu and Arta Dobroshi, Greek-Albanian Irene Papas and Turkish-Albanian Barish Arduç.

Albania annually hosts several International Film Festivals. The most important is certainly the Tirana International Film Festival, which takes place in the capital of Tirana. Born in 2008, the Durrës International Film Festival is also among the most prominent exhibitions held in summer at the Amphitheatre of Durrës.

Notable Albanian Films[edit]

Title Translation Year Genre
Skenderbeu The Great Warrior Skanderbeg' 1954 Epic war
Vitet e para The First Years 1965 Historic war
Prita The Trap 1968 War
I teti në bronx The Father in Bronze 1970
Mëngjese lufte The Morning War 1971 Coming of Age
Malet me blerim mbuluar The Mountains Covered in Tulips 1971
Yjet e netëve të gjata The Stars of the Long Nights 1972 Drama
Operacioni zjarri Operation Fire 1973 War comedy
Rrugicat që kërkonin diell Rrugicat që kërkonin diell 1975 Drama
Lulëkuqet mbi mure Red Poppies on Walls 1976 Coming of Age Drama
Përballimi The Confrontation 1976
Njeriu me top The Man with the Cannon 1977
Tomka dhe shokët e tij Tomka and His Friends 1977 Coming of Age
Gjeneral Gramafoni The General Gramophone 1978
Liri a vdekje Freedom or Death 1979 Historic
Nëntori i Dytë The Second November 1983
Të paftuarit The Uninvited 1985 Psychological
Një jetë më shumë One More Life 1986
Përrallë nga e kaluara A Tale from the Past 1987 Comedy
Këmishët ne dyllë The Cloaks in Wax 1987
Rojet e mjegullës The Keepers of the Fog 1988 Psychological thriller
Muri i gjallë The Living Wall 1989 Medivel
Balada e Kurbinit Ballad of Kurbin 1990
Vdekja e Kalit The Death of the Horse 1992 Psychological drama
Plumbi prej plasteline The Clay Bullet 1994 Sci-fi psychological drama
Një ditë nga një jetë A Day from a Life 1994
Kolonel Bunker Colonel Bunker 1998
Tirana Viti Zero Tirana Year Zero 2001 Comedy
Trishtimi i zonjës Shnajder The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider 2006 Romantic drama
Koha e Kometës Time of the Comet 2008
Lindje, Perëndim, Lindje East, West, East 2009 Comedy
Amnistia Amnesty 2011 Drama
Falja e gjakut The Forgiveness of Blood 2011
Farmakon Pharmakon 2012

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Natasha Lako. "THE GAME OF ALBANIAN FILM IMAGE 1895-1945". epa.oszk.hu.
  2. ^ Albanian Cinema Project. "Ndërthurja e Historisë Politike Me Historinë e Filmit - Një Përmbledhje E Historisë Së Filmit Shqiptar". thealbaniancinemaproject.org (in Albanian).
  3. ^ "A Short History of Albanian Cinema". nationalfilmcenter.wordpress.com.
  4. ^ Robert Elsie (2007). Writing in Light – Early Photography of Albania and the Southwestern Balkans / Dritëshkronja – Fotografia e hershme nga Shqipëria dhe Ballkani. Prishtina: ATV Media Company & Arbi. p. 9. ISBN 978-9951-8735-1-2.
  5. ^ Loïc Chauvin, Christian Raby. Albania, a photographic journey 1858-1945. Paris: Écrits de Lumière. ISBN 978-2-9538669-1-9.