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TIFF ‘04 has a place for everyone.
The Special Program which the organizers have decided to show during the days of the festival seems to be perfectly proving this postulate true.
In this way, both famous figures and those who dream to become such will find themselves together in a program. While the last year reserved a special place to the famous Italian filmmakers, presented by Luce Institute, the best known throughout the world, this year will highlight names like John Cassavetes and Sergej Parajanov. Under the attention of Ray Carney, one of the best U.S. art critics, the former will land the American dream in Tirana, through such films like
“Shadows”, a realization of 1959 featuring the actors Ben Carruthens, Lelia Goldoni and Hugh Hund;
“Faces”, realized in 1968 featuring John Marley and Gena Roulands,
“Husbands”, the film opening the long and irreversible way of success; “A Women Under Influence” realization of 1974, featuring Peter Falk and Gena Rowlands, along with whom he will realize and feature in the film “Love Streams”.
The second author, a Russian who has been the same great and appreciated, comes in Tirana under the special attention of another famous art critic, Ron Holloway. Following the successful presentation of the “Triptique” of Jos Stelling last year, he returns to present a great poet of the world cinematography, on his 80th anniversary. It will be five most famous films of the Armenian Sergei Parajanov, which are going to be presented to the Albanian public, including: “Shadows of forgotten ancestors” realized in 1964;
“Sayat Nova” realized in 1968,
“The Legend of Suram Fortress” (1985),
“Arabesques on the Theme Pirosmani” (1986) and
“Ashik Kerib” realized in 1988.
Part of this special program will also be the documentary “Requiem” by Ron Holloway, a documented portrait of Sergey Parajanov which covers the period from 1924, the year of his birth, up to 1990. The program will include as well an interview realized by Ron Holloway in December 1995.
A particular place in this special program is left to the Balkans, to insist strongly on the idea that what cannot be done by the politics is made possible by the art. In face of the art we see alike, though think different. With a symbolic title, “Time of Gypsies”, and under the attention of the Serbian director Boris Mitic the public will be shown the best films of the Balkans’ directors.
Meantime, the winner of the first prize and media award of the last Festival, Burbuqe Berisha will present the festival this year with a retrospective of the Kosovar Film.
Of particular interest is expected to be also the program “Reflecting Albania” prepared by the filmmaker Eno Milkani. In the role of a curator this year, he has decided to present the best documentaries the foreigners have ever made on Albania.
A film festival cannot be understood without the young authors, who are waiting to take over the turn to take to the highest peaks the seventh art. A significant room in the special program due to be screened during the festival days will have also the Art Academies, the institutions who are designated to prepare the future talents.
from the last year, this second edition marks along with the increase of the
number of the contenders also a growth of the number of participating
school. While one year ago the schools attending the Festival were the
Kosovo and French one, this year adds further schools from Israel, Finland,
Britain, Iran and Belgium. The best works of these schools will be part of
the special educational program.
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