Directed by Kaltrina Krasniqi, drama, thriller, 82 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Doruntina Basha
With Teuta Ajdini Jegeni, Alketa Sylaj, Astrit Kabashi, Refet Abazi
Vera (64) is a sign language interpreter, married to Fatmir (65), a retired judge. She has come alone to the city, with her sign language as her sole "inheritance" as a female child. Fatmir and Vera have been trying to sell their village house for years, their plan to provide a future for Sara (28), their daughter, a single mother to one child. Once they finally have a buyer, and Vera’s dream of going to the seaside can come true, a tragedy happens. Vera has to decide whether to give in and continue her quiet life as a woman, or to take the fate of her family in her own hands and do the impossible, negotiate her family’s future.
Kaltrina Krasniqi sets us between these two heroines in Pristina, mother and daughter, an interpreter and an actress, coming from different generations, but both struggling to find their voice in a male-dominated society and a tradition which bars women (sometimes, by any means imaginable) from property rights.
Presented in the Orizzonti competition of this year’s Venice IFF, Vera Dreams Of The Sea unveils to us present-day Kosovo and gives a powerful voice to women.
With the support of the Embassy of Kosovo in Brussels