"Fahrije has no news of her husband, who disappeared like so many others during the Kosovo war. She takes care of her two children and her sick father-in-law alone. In order to provide for her family, Fahrije starts a small business and begins to produce the vegetable paste Ajvar together with other women from the village. But her ambition and desire for autonomy are not welcomed in her traditional environment, and her work is even sabotaged. Tenacious, energetic and freedom-loving, Fahrije fights relentlessly against the prejudices of her community. She wants to give her children and the women in her village a future, while still mourning the man she loved."
"With few adjustments, Kosovar director Blerta Basholli's debut feature traces the success story of Fahrije Hoti, an entrepreneur who has made it to prominence in her country. At the same time, she shows three generations who ultimately can only get over a traumatizing loss together. By dispensing entirely with scenic flashbacks, Basholli denies the missing husband, son and father a physical presence in the film - which makes the conflict of those left behind even more palpable. This is just one of the dramaturgical choices that earned Basholli the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival, along with two others."
Silvia Posavec, Film Bulletin, 06.10.2021
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Kosovo, Albania, Northern Macedonia, Switzerland 2021.
84 min. color. DCP. OV/d
Director: Blerta Basholli
Screenplay: Blerta Basholli
Cinematography: Alex Bloom
Editing: Félix Sandri, Enis Saraçi
Music: Julien Painot
With: Yllka Gashi, Çun Lajçi, Aurita Agushi
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