Tirana International Film Festival

Cinema Short Film Festival
fiction, documentaries, animation and experimental
November 26 - December 02, 200



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TIFF 2007






 Special Programme


The early 1990's new wave of American cinema set in motion the highly successful careers of Quentin Tarantino, Rick Linklater and Robert Rodriguez among others. Yet it was Alexandre Rockwell's offbeat comic take on moviemaking, 'In the Soup', that won the coveted Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival. The Tirana Film Festival will screen a print of this unjustly forgotten gem on its closing night.

The 5th edition of TIIF is very pleased to welcome in-person director Alexandre Rockwell as well as 'In the Soup's original cinematographer, Phil Parmet (he recently shot Tarantino's segment of  'Grindhouse').

The black and white 'In the Soup' features singular performances from Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs), Jennifer Beals (Flashdance), Cassavetes favorite actor Seymour Cassel and director Jim Jarmusch. Apart from screening this lost treasure, TIFF will also show a print of Rockwell's 1994 'In the Soup' follow-up, 'Someone to Love' with Harvey Keitel and Anthony Quinn


The famous Italian director Gianni Amelio is very known for the Albanian audience for his very con traversal film “ America, America”. For the Albanian public he will introduce for the first time his much talked film and a panel of the Albanian intellectuals will be invited for a debate at the theater after the screening.

One of his masterpieces “ Porte aperte” and “ Chiavi di casa”  will be screened during the days of TIFF.


In cooperation with the Embassy of Spain in Tirana at TIFF07 will be present the well known Spanish director Miguel Hermoso. With his film “La Luz Prodigiosa (Marvellous Light)” examines what might have happened if famed Spanish writer  Frederico Garsia Lorca  had not been executed at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.


The 5th edition of the Tirana International Film Festival is very pleased to honor master filmmaker Dusan Makavejev. The director will appear in-person to introduce prints of his highly controversial 'WR: Mysteries of the Organism' (1971) as well as the 1981 cult classic 'Montenegro'.
'WR', a dazzling half-documentary mediation on Stalin and sexual liberation was banned everywhere from the director's native Yugoslavia to the Venice Film Festival.  Yet in the three decades since its first release, 'WR: Mysteries of the Organism' has come to be regarded as a masterpiece appearing on no less than a dozen top ten lists as one of the greatest films of all time.

The rarely-screened 'Montenegro' tells the story of a bored housewife whose life is forever changed by a group of Yugoslav immigrants. Over the years, 'Montenegro' has grown in reputation as one of the finest moments in Makavejev's forty-year career and features an astonishing performance by the American actress Susan Anspach.

This is Dusan Makavejev's first visit to Albania.The staff and programmers of the fest hope audiences will discover the brilliantly original work of this living master of


The Greek director Angeliki Antoniou is going to be present for the Albanian audience with her many award winning film “Eduart”. Based upon true events Eduart, a young man raised in a cruel and oppressive family environment, leaves Albania with the dream of becoming a rock star and living a better life. His reckless character and the passions of his youth lead him to commit a murder in Athens. Chased by everyone, even by his own self, he is imprisoned under the harshest conditions. Eduart, with the help of a German doctor, learns to feel sympathy for others and guilt for his crime. His deep remorse will lead him from darkness to light. Like the Dostoevskian hero Raskolnikov, Eduart passes from crime to punishment, by daring to admit his guilt. In international criminal history, the "Eduart case" occurs once in a hundred years.

  • Selected by the European Film Academy for the 2007 European Film Awards
  • Greece's submission for an Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Film 2008
  • 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, State Awards, 2006:
    • Best Feature Film
    • Best Director (Angeliki Antoniou)
    • Best Screenplay (Angeliki Antoniou)
    • Best Set Design (Ioulia Stavridou)
    • Best Music (Kostas Christides and Minos Matsas)
    • Best Sound (Nikos Papadimitriou)
    • Best Editing (Takis Yannopoulos)
    • Best Costumes (Ioulia Stavridou)
    • Best Make-up (Fani Alexaki)
  • 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, 2006:
    • FIPRESCI Award (Federation of International Film Critics)
    • The Greek Union of Film Television and Audiovisual Technicians (ETEKT) Award
  • 29th Montpellier International Mediterranean Film Festival, 2007:
    • Golden Antigone (Antigone d'or de la Ville et de l'Agglomération de Montpellier)
    • Special mention by the Young People's Award (CMCAS)
  • Moscow International Film Festival, 2007 (Main Competition)
  • World Film Festival of Montreal, 2007
  • International Film Festival, Copenhagen, 2007
    highest prize the GOLDEN ANTIGONE in International Montpellier Film Festival


The 5th edition of Tirana International Film Festival is honoured to have as a part of the International jury, the OSCAR nominee American documentary director Sam Green.

Sam Green’s documentary films have been featured in a number of festivals, among them Sundance, the London Film Festival, and the Amsterdam International Documentary Festival. Green’s recent documentary The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary and was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. His work has also received Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Critic's Choice Award at the Locarno Film Festival, among other honours. He currently teaches at the University of San Francisco.


The American award winning director in Tribeca Film Festival 2007 for her documentary ” Jack Smiths” and the destruction of Atlantis” Mary Jordan will be present for the Albanian Audience during the days of the festival in Tirana. Highly intelligent and well researched, this film by Mary Jordan  is the definitive film on Jack Smith. The editing of Jack's art and the art of the film is so well integrated that you not only see the many mediums of Smith but you get a psychological examination of one of the most unknown influences of the 20th century. The 93 minute movie rarely slows down as we see a young mind overflowing with angst and creativity, followed by his influencing of Warhol and later greats like Perry Ferrell and Richard James. Ithe critics  found this in the same special club of great movies like "Crumb" and "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse." A definite must-see for those unaware of Jack Smith's world or well versed in his art.

Since she is from the Albanian origin from both her parents her wish is to introduce her film for the Albanian public.


The 5th edition of the Tirana International Film Festival is very pleased have as a guest in-person Phill Parmet as a director of photography in many masterpieces including the last collaboration Tarantino- Rodrigues in ” Grindhouse”, in Steve Buschemi Animal Factory”,” Four Rooms”, and many more.   

This is Phill Parnet  first visit to Albania and will introduce for the audience one of his best works of his carrier  such as ” Animal factory”.

This is an good opportunity for the Albanian filmmaker to have among them one of the most well respected d.p.


Over 800 films from 67 different countries all over the world have applied at the fourth edition of TIFF'06,  412 authors applied in the category of fiction, 194 in animation, 87 in documentary and 68 in experimental Program of the 4th edition: 144 films, 8 full length.



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Selected by
Karolina Lidin

"The Shutka
Book of Records
by Aleksandar Manic

Festival Guests

Ken Loach present in TIFF '05

Directors :
 Ken Loach,
 Ermanno Olmi,
 Abbas Kiarostami

Goran Paskaljevic

Nick Broomfield

Poetic Cinema
Carl Henrik Svenstedt

Shorts Attack
The best selected films from
interfilm Berlin – International Short Film Festival and Distribution

Fatmir Koci

Edoardo WINSPEARE, Alessandro PIVA, Sergio RUBINI, Davide Marengo, Niko XHIRASOLA, etc.

Luce, with
the Best Directors
of Short Film

Corrado D’Errico - Roberto Rossellini -Michelangelo Antonioni - Dino Risi -
 Vittorio S
cala -
 Valerio Zurlini - Franceso Maselli - Giorgio Ferroni -Romolo Marcellini - Damiano Damiani
Federico Fellini

Passo a due
by Andrea Barzin

Ron Holloway,Tribute to

"American Dreaming"

"Kosova Film"
The retrospective
of Best feature films from Kosova

"Time of Gypsies"

Feature & Documentary films from Balkan filmmakers

Jos Stelling

The Waiting Room (1996)
The Gas Station (1999),
The Gallery (2003)
Triptych - belong to the collection of 30 Erotic Tales produced by Berlin-based Regina Ziegler

Franko Nero

Special Guest in T.I.F.F ‘03

"Academy of Arts"

Retrospective of National Film School of Denmark, the winner of 3 of last 4 “Baby Oscars”. Lars Von Trier, Thomas Winderberg, etc.

TIFF 2003
Jury's Special Mention
for the Animation


"Reflecting Albania " Documentary films made in Albania by the different foreign filmmakers
curate by Eno Milkani

Film school works from:
 Israel, Kosova and Finland


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