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Vergine giurata

90 min.
Year of Production:
Italy/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Republic Kosovo
Alba Rohrwacher
Flonja Kodheli
Lars Eidinger
Production Company:
Vivo Film srl
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

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 oldfashioned 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 allegoric 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.

BIOGRAFIE Laura Bispuri

Born in 1977. After graduating with a degree in film from the Sapienza University of Rome she was selected by producer Domenico Procacci to attend the Fandango Lab workshop. Her short film PASSING TIME won the 2010 Donatello Award for best short film. In 2011 she won the Nastro d’Argento Italian film critic award for up-and-coming talent of the year

FILMOGRAFIE Laura Bispuri (selection)

2015 Vergine giurata  2010 Passing Time 

Laura Bispuri IMDb

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