The December 16th, 2005,
11.00 hrs at the premises of the TIFF 05, during a press conference
for the media, artists, diplomatic corps accredited in Tirana were
announced the films that will officially compete in the third edition
of Tirana Film Festival.
The representative of the Ministry of the Tourism, Culture, Youth and
Sports, Mr. Genti Cocoli, the Charge d’ Affaires of the Kingdom of
Denmark in Tirana, Mr. Finn Theilgaard, the representative of the
Embassy of the United States of America, Mrs. Roxane Cabral were
present in the press conference constituting the main partners of the
The director of the festival, Ilir Butka announced 110 films selected
for this year’s competition, among which 69 fiction, 16 animation, 13
experimental and 12 documentaries. 12 movies directed by Albanian
authors will compete in the international selection as well.
For the first time, in this edition is established a section
exclusively dedicated to the Albanian films from all over the world.
During the press conference, the Charge d’ Affaires of the Kingdom of
Denmark in Tirana, Mr. Finn Theilgaard, mentioned the special
relationship and the cooperation the Nordisk Council of Ministers,
Cultural Switch for Balkan has with the Tirana International Film
Meanwhile, the representative of the Embassy of the United States of
America, Mrs. Roxane Cabral confirmed the full support the Embassy of
the United States of America gives to the third edition of TIFF ’05.
The programmer of the Festival, Genc Permeti introduced for the media
the special program of the third edition and the special guests
participating in the event among which the great masters of the cinema
such as Ken Loach, Nick Broomfield, Goran Paskaljevic.
The Festival organizers introduced the International jury of this
year, composed by David D’Arcy, film critic, from USA, Mathias Groll,
film critic, Germany, Carl Henric Svenstedt, director, Sweden, Jesper
Andersen, Danish Film Institute, Denmark. The Albanian member of the
jury is going to be announced in the coming press conference.
In the end of the press event, the Tirana International Film Festival
Director addressed a special thanks to the sponsors, partners and the
staff that made possible this year’s Festival organization.
Ken Loach in Tirana for
the third edition of TIFF
the framework of the third edition of Tirana International Film
Festival, Ken Loach will come to Albania to introduce his new movie
“Tickets”. Loach’s movie will be screened during the opening day of
the Festival, the 5th December.
Three different directors, Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami and Ken
Loach are telling at “Tickets” three separate stories. The part
directed by Loach follows a group of Rangers fans aboard a train to
Rome to watch a European cup final that meet a poor Albanian
family of refugees. The
three Scottish youths on their way to the football match of their
dreams are forced to open their eyes and see the bigger picture.
One single train journey sparks many changes for many people. This is
a film about privilege and exclusion, and the reality of the value of
just a ticket.
Ken Loach is one of the greatest living British film-makers. Born in
Nuneaton, United Kingdom in 1936, Ken Loach has firmly entrenched his
reputation as England’s pre-eminent director of social realism cinema
with such classics as Kes (1968), My Name Is Joe(1999) and AE Fond
Ermanno Olmi, Abbas
Kiarostami, Ken Loach
Country of origin : Italy / UK
Language : English, Italian, Albanian with English subtitles (110 mins)
Ermanno Olmi : born in Bergamo, Italy in 1931, Olmi is one Italian
cinema’s true masters. Spanning a career of over 45 years he has won
numerous prizes including the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or for The
Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film
Festival for The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988).
Abbas Kiarostami : born in
Teheran, Iran in 1940 Kiarostami is an undisputed master of modern
cinema. His films include The Taste of Cherry, which won the Cannes
Film Festival Palme d’Or in 1997, and The Wind Will Carry Us, awarded
the Golden Lion at the 1999 Venice Film Festival and Ten (2003) which
was selected for Official Competition at Cannes.
Ken Loach : born in Nuneaton, UK in 1936, Ken Loach has firmly
entrenched his reputation as England’s pre-eminent director of social
realism cinema with such classics as Kes (1968), My Name Is Joe(1999)
and AE Fond Kiss(2004).
Director Goran Paskaljevic
Set on the
eve of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accord, "The Powder Keg" presents a cast
of finely drawn characters moving through the darkened streets in
Belgrade in a series of strange and intertwining events. The film
ricochets from black comedy to heightened realism, reminiscent in
style to Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction." Acclaimed Serbian
director Goran Paskaljevic puts in sharp focus the brutal realities of
everyday life for people trapped in a world devoid or moral anchors. A
young couple in the midst of a quarrel rediscover their love for each
other when they are taken hostage by local mobsters. In a nearby
gymnasium, a middle-aged boxer discovers the extent to which the past
10 years of his life have been a facade, in which both his best friend
and wife betrayed him. When a journalist asked why "The Powder Keg"
was filmed entirely at night, Paskaljevic replied without hesitation,
"Because night has fallen on my country." The film won the FIPRESCI
International Critic's prize at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.
Goran Paskaljevic was born in Belgrade in 1947. His stepfather was
head of the Belgrade Cinematheque, where Paskaljevic fell in love with
cinema classics, particularly Italian neo-realism. He studied at the
FAMU film school in Prague, becoming part of the "Prague School,"
which included Markovic, Karanovic and Kusturica. In addition to his
feature films, he has directed more than 40 documentaries and short
films. Selected filmography: THE BEACH GUARD IN WINTER (1976), THE DOG
WHO LOVED TRAINS (1977), AND THE DAYS PASSED (1979), SPECIAL TREATMENT
(1980), GUARDIAN ANGEL (1987), THE TIME OF MIRACLES (1990), TANGO
ARGENTINO (1992), SOMEONE ELSE'S AMERICA (1995), THE POWDER KEG
During the days of Tirana International
Film Festival for the Albanian filmmakers and the audience are
going to take part many masterclasses and lessions from the above
mentioned guest as Goran Paskaljevic, Carl Henrik Svenstedt, David D,
arcy, experts from the Danish Film School, ect.