Agon

Two Albanian brothers, SAIMIR and VINI, migrate to GREECE and try, each in his own way, to integrate into their host country by following two different lifestyles, with no way of turning back.

Synopsis
Saimir and his younger brother, Vini are Albanian. They both try to integrate in the life of Thessaloniki a town in north of Greece in their own way. Saimir is engaged to a Greek young woman and works as a repairman in his father-in-law’s repair shop. He tries his best to help his brother Vini become self-sufficient and respectful through work. However, Vini lacks both the patience and persistence that his brother has. He is compelled to work in jobs that his brother finds for him, but is systematically fired.

Hurt and chapfallen, he does not want to be dependent on Saimir and seeks to show to him that he can walk on his own. Trying to overcome the despair at a bar near the harbor, he gets acquainted with Ben, a tiny trafficker of human beings, who is closely related to the local Albanian mafia. Thus, the page of disillusioned Vini’s life is turning. He earns easy money and lives in luxury, but in the meantime he discovers the nightmare of clandestine prostitution as well as the terrible destiny of many girls who have emigrated with the hope for a better life. He falls in love with Majlinda, a victim of prostitution, and will do his utmost to get her out of the claws of Keno, leader of the local mafia. High-minded and immature, he will seek the help of his brother Saimir and will pull him to the swirl of violence until the final drama…

TRAILER

DIRECTED BY

Robert BUDINA

Produced by

Erafilm
Sabina Kodra
Co-producer: Elefant Film
Inkas Film,TAKAMI PRODUCTIONS
Arizona Film
Daniel Burlac
Lilette Botassi
Guillame De Seille
Karine Blanc
Michel Tavarez
With the financial support: ANCC, CNC GREECE, NOVA, ERT, EURIMAGES

Cast

Marvin Tafaj
Guljem Kotori
Isabella Kogevina
Xhevdet Jashari
Laert Vasili
Adonis Kafetzoplos
Harjie Rondo
Nikolla Llambro

Crew

Cinematography by Marius Panduru
Film editing by Eugen Kelemen
Art direction by Bianca Nikolareizi
Costume design Emir Turkeshi
Make up by Vicky Tataki
Sound Editor Marius Leftărache
Music by Aldo Shllaku

TECHNICAL DATA

Year: 2012
Running time 106m
Country: Albania,Greece,Romania
Language: Albanian, Greek

Festivals & awards

  • October 2012 Chicago (Usa) International Film Festival Official Selection
  • February 2013 Bloody Hero (Usa) International Film Festival Official Selection
  • March 2013 Bari (Italy) International Film Festival Official Selection
  • Aprill 2013 See a Paris (France) International Film Festival Official Selection
  • May 2013 See Los Angeles (Usa) International Film Festival Official Selection
  • May 2013 Balkan Survey in Poland
  • June 2013 Shanghai (China) International Film Festival Official Selection Panorama
  • September 2013 Pristina (Kosovo) International Film Festival Official Selection
  • September 2013 Alexandria (Egypt) International Film Festival Official Selection
  • October 2013 Tirana (Albania) International Film Festival Official Selection
  • November 2013 Albanian Film Week New York (Usa)
  • January 2014 Jaipur (India) International Film Festival Official Selection
  • March 2014 Albanian Nomination for the Oscars
  • September 2014 Trophes Francophones du Cinema
  • September 2014 Helsinki International Film Festival Balkan Fever
  • Bloody Hero International Film Festival Best Male Actor & Best Film
  • See a Paris International Film Festival Best Screenplay
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