A few weekends ago near the end of November I managed to catch the tail end of the Tirana International Film Festival.  I was only able to see the end of the short films submission, but check out some of my favorites.  Or click for the program.

A STORY FOR THE MODLINS

An excellent documentary, the film begins first with Rosemary’s Baby and ties it to a box of items and memories found discarded on the streets of  Spain, and from its contents evolves the greater mystery and tragedy of a dysfunctional and loving family.


APELE TAC (engl. SILENT RIVER)


LYREBIRD SOUP

This one is just fun and well done.

During a visit to a tailor, a man is left alone with a large mirror. Whilst on his own, the mirror starts to play cruel tricks on him, in this take on a classic sketch by the Marx brothers.

OROVERDE (engl. GREEN GOLD)

This film takes places in an agriculture town in fascist Italy. There’s an odd point where the protagonist older self is walking around through the ruins of the plant.  Probably used to heighten the tension of what is building up in the past as well as tie into the fact that this is based on a true story.  The opening shots of the two children playing the tobacco fields are amazing.


VOICEOVER

This is a tense and suddenly hilarious film in a very French way.  The color saturation is excellent.


KOLONA

This film, while not my favorite, garnered a lot of attention and support the night I went.  It hit close to home and depicts the Balkans conflict of the 90’s and the very real ramifications for one family.

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