Sworn virgin



Drama | Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Kosovo, France | 2015 | 87’


Hana Doda, still a girl, escapes from her destiny of being a wife and a servant, a future imposed on women in the harsh mountains of Albania. Following his uncle’s guide, she appeals to the old law of the Kanun, which gives women, taking an oath of eternal virginity, the chance to embrace a rifle and live free as men. For everybody Hana becomes Mark, a “sworn virgin”. But something alive pulses and frets under these new clothes. Her choice becomes her prison and those immense mountains seem so narrow now.



Script: Elvira Dones (novel), Laura Bispuri

Photography: Vladan Radovic

Editing: Carlotta Cristiani, Jacopo Quadri

Sound: Daniela Bassani, Mirko Perri

Music: Pablo Carrera


Director’s Bio

With her short film “Passing Time” she won the David Donatello Award for best short film in 2010. “Passing Time” was also selected as one of the eight best short films in the word at the “Short Film Golden Night”, organized by Académie des César in Paris. Her last short film Biondina was produced by the top Italian banking group “Banca Intesa” and realized under the supervision of Academy Award-winner Gabriele Salvatores. Laura was awarded in 2011 with Nastro d’Argento (Top Italian Film Critic Award) as “nascent talent of the year”.


Nominated Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival 2015


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