Bota

 

 
 

Synopsis

Albania, present day. At the edge of a haunted swamp, Juli, Nora and Ben work together in an isolated village where their families were exiled during their country’s intense communist rule. Under the disapproving eyes of Juli, Ben juggles an affair with Nora while dreaming of expanding his café into the Balkan big time. Their quiet world ceases to exist when a highway crew begins to widen the road nearby. Juli falls for engineer Mili but worries about her ailing and confused grandmother, Noje. As the new road approaches, the village inhabitants have one last glorious night of fireworks and celebration. But when the dawn arrives, Juli, Ben and Nora must face a shared secret from their traumatic past.

 

Title: Bota (2014) 

                                                                                                                                                          

Production Companies   Erafilm
  PMI
  I's Continnum  
  Flex Film
Directed by   Iris Elezi 
  Thomas Logoreci
Writing Credits    Iris Elezi
  Thomas Logoreci
Cast       Flonja Kodheli
  Artur Gorishti
  Fioralba Kryemadhi
  Tinka Kurti
  Alban Ukaj  
Produced by Sabina Kodra ...producer  
  Andrea Stucovitz ... producer  
  Burim Berisha.... coo producer
  Robert Budina.....coo producer
  Iris Elezi....coo producer
  Thomas Logoreci....coo producer
Cinematography by  Ramiro Civita 
Costume Design by Emir Turkeshi
Makeup Department  Leonora Mehmeti  

 

 

Festivals

  •  July           2104        Karlovy Vary International Film Festival “East of west” Section (Check Republic)
  •  September  2014        Eurasia International Film Festival Official Selection (Kazakhstan) 
  •  September  2014        Helsinki International Film Festival Balkan Fever (Finland)
  •  September  2014        Reykjavik International Film Festival Official Selection (Island) 
  •  October      2014        Arras International Film Festival Official Selection (France)
  •  November   2014        Cottbus International Film Festival " Global EAST" Section (Germany)
  •  November   2014        Braunschweig International Film Festival Official Selection (Germany)
  •  November   2014        CINEDAYS Festival of European Film Official Selection (Macedonia)
  •  January      2015        Goteborg International Film Festival Official Selection (Sweden) 
  •  April          2015         San Francisco International Film Festival Official Selection (USA)
  •  May           2015         Seefest, South East Eurpean Film Fest, Official Selection (USA)
  •  June          2015         DEA International Film Festival Official Selection (Albania) 
  •  June          2015         FEST NEW DIERCTORS  Official Selection
  •  July           2015         PULA International Film Festival Official Selection (Croatia) 
  • September   2015         POGRADEC Balkan and food Film Festival Official Selection (Albania) 
  • October      2015         OTRANTO International Film Festival Official Selection (Italy) 
  • October      2015         FOGGIA International Film Festival Official selection (Italy) 
  • October      2015         TETOVO International Film Festival (Macedonia)
  • October      2015         East by Southeast Copenhagen International Film Festival (Denmark) 
  • November   2015         VARNA International Film Festival Official Selection (Bulgaria)
  • November   2015         Albanian Film Week (USA) 
  • November   2015         Eastern Neighbors Film Festival (Nederlands)  
  • December   2015         Edirne International Film Festival Official Selection (Turkey) 
  • January      2016         Olympia International Film Festival (USA) 
  • January      2016         Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA) 

Releases in Theaters 

  • Albania October 2014
  • Italy November 2014

Awards

  • Best film in Fedeora awards in the  "East of west"  competition in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • FIPRESCI Award in Reykjavik International Film Festival
  • AUDIENCE Award in Reykjavik International Film Festival
  • SPECIAL JURY Award in CIENEDAYS Film Festival
  • BEST DIERCTOR in DEA International Film Festival
  • Public award, Best ensemble cast in SEEFEST Film Festival
  • Best film in POGRADEC Balkan and food Film Festival
  • Best film, Best actress, Best music, Audience award in Albanian Film Week 
  • Best Film in Varna International Film Festival

Critics

Bota: Albania cafe

http://eefb.org/archive/february-2015/bota/

http://moviefiends.com/2015/05/20/review-bota-elezi-logoreci-2014-sfiff-2015/

http://illyriapress.com/bota-a-sweet-sad-song-to-the-past-and-a-nostalgic-and-hopeful-melody-to-the-future/

http://variety.com/2015/film/reviews/bota-review-1201646060/

 

 

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