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Genre: drama
Synopsis

Albanian writer-director Robert Budina is artistically active and recognized both in his country and abroad. In "A Shelter Among the Clouds", his sophomore feature, he is dealing with the religious intolerance and respect in a secluded society.

Besnik (Arben Bajraktaraj) is a shepherd suffering from mental disorder and living with his elder father in a village of mountainous North Albania. Member of a multi-faith family, he is a devout Muslim, his mother was Catholic, and his father is a former Communist. His sister Fitore and her family are also Muslims while his brother Alban who emigrated to Greece with his kids, converted to Orthodoxy. Coincidentally, Besnik discovers that the village’s mosque used to be a church in the past, something that will be a challenge for the locals, even if they accept each other’s religion.

When the father falls ill, the family returns home to reunite around him. Struggling with his own guilts, the father decides to leave the family house to whoever can take care of Besnik. This creates a familial conflict and Besnik observes his harmony falling apart.

Set in rural Albania, Budina uses elements of magic realism while exploring the limits of acceptance and raises the never-answered question on the real motives that hide behind religious violence.

Vassilis Economou

Director
Robert Budina

works as an independent film producer and director. He graduated from the Theatre Directing department in the Academy of Arts in Albania and has directed and written several theater plays. "A Shelter Among The Clouds" is his second feature film after the "Lulebore" (2005) short film, and his first feature film "Agon" (2012) which screened at more than 20 festivals around the world.    

Filmography
  • Agon (2012, Streha mes reve (A Shelter Among the Clouds , 2018 )
Wed, 28.11.2018
6:00 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall Scape
130101
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 130101
Movie guests
Producer Sabina Kodra, Director  Robert Budina, Cast  Esela Pysqyli, Cast  Bruno Shllaku, Cast  Irena Cahani, Cast  Arben Bajraktaraj
Thu, 29.11.2018
7:15 pm
Tartu, 
Elektriteater
141801
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 141801
Sat, 01.12.2018
5:45 pm
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 9
160707
Subtitles: 
EST, ENG
Screening code: 160707
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.
Film info
Countries: Albania, Romania
Year: 2018
Duration: 84 minutes
Language: Albanian
Director: Robert Budina
Producer: Sabina Kodra
Writer: Robert Budina
DOP: Marius Panduru
Montage: Ștefan Tatu
Composer: Marius Leftărache
Cast:  Arben Bajraktaraj, Esela Pysqyli, Irena Cahani, Bruno Shllaku, Osman Ahmeti
Production: Erafilm
Synopsis

Albanian writer-director Robert Budina is artistically active and recognized both in his country and abroad. In "A Shelter Among the Clouds", his sophomore feature, he is dealing with the religious intolerance and respect in a secluded society.

Besnik (Arben Bajraktaraj) is a shepherd suffering from mental disorder and living with his elder father in a village of mountainous North Albania. Member of a multi-faith family, he is a devout Muslim, his mother was Catholic, and his father is a former Communist. His sister Fitore and her family are also Muslims while his brother Alban who emigrated to Greece with his kids, converted to Orthodoxy. Coincidentally, Besnik discovers that the village’s mosque used to be a church in the past, something that will be a challenge for the locals, even if they accept each other’s religion.

When the father falls ill, the family returns home to reunite around him. Struggling with his own guilts, the father decides to leave the family house to whoever can take care of Besnik. This creates a familial conflict and Besnik observes his harmony falling apart.

Set in rural Albania, Budina uses elements of magic realism while exploring the limits of acceptance and raises the never-answered question on the real motives that hide behind religious violence.

Vassilis Economou

Director
Robert Budina

works as an independent film producer and director. He graduated from the Theatre Directing department in the Academy of Arts in Albania and has directed and written several theater plays. "A Shelter Among The Clouds" is his second feature film after the "Lulebore" (2005) short film, and his first feature film "Agon" (2012) which screened at more than 20 festivals around the world.    

Filmography
  • Agon (2012, Streha mes reve (A Shelter Among the Clouds , 2018 )