VERA DREAMS OF THE SEA
Vera is a middle-aged sign language interpreter who lives in Kosovo* and leads a well-structured life: she is the wife of a famous judge, a supportive mother and a caring grandmother. Her serenity is disrupted by the unexpected suicide of her husband, followed by an unwelcome, menacing parade of relatives who claim to have ownership over their family country house. When an insidious plan begins to unfold, Vera’s world will face danger and everything will seem to be on the brink of collapse. Fear and mistrust will force Vera to take the family’s fate into her own hands. Immersed in an ominous atmosphere, Vera dreams of the Sea is an intimate, yet universal portrait of a woman who must face the harsh reality of going against the deep-rooted gender troubles that prevail in modern times.
Kaltrina Krasniqi is an award-winning Kosovo*-based film director and media specialist working in film, television and online publishing. She is a founding member of the Kosovo* Oral History Initiative – an online platform where personal histories of individuals from various life paths are recorded and published. She graduated in Film Directing at the University of Prishtina and completed her MA in Kosovo’s Institute for Journalism and Communication in 2011. She continued her professional development at the University of California, focusing on Film Producing.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
International Debut Award, Göteborg Film Festival 2022
Best Film, Tokyo International Film Festival 2021
Venice Film Festival 2021
Cleveland International Film Festival 2022
VERA DREAMS OF THE SEA (fic.)
Director: Kaltrina Krasniqi
Country: Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo*
Cast: Teuta Ajdini, Alketa Sylaj, Refet Abazi
Production: ISSTRA Creative Factory, Dream Factory Macedonia, Papadhimitri Film Production
PROGRAMME: BALKAN HORIZONS