Albin Kurti • Prime Minister of Kosovo
"The constant success of Kosovo's cinema convinced us to double the budget for the film fund"
by Ana Stanic
CANNES 2021: The success Kosovo has been experiencing in the film landscape is culminating on the Croisette, with a short in the Palme d'Or competition and a feature in the Directors' Fortnight
The unprecedented success Kosovo has been experiencing in the film landscape in the recent months is culminating at the 74th Cannes Film Festival. After a Kosovan film triumphed at the Sundance Film Festival (Blerta Basholli's Hive [+see also:
interview: Blerta Basholli
film profile] won the Grand Jury Prize, the Directing Award and the Audience Award in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition) and another one was awarded at the IFFR (Norika Sefa's Looking for Venera [+see also:
interview: Norika Sefa
film profile] won the Special Jury Award), a short film, Pa vend (Displaced) by Samir Karahoda, has been selected for the Palme d'Or competition, and a feature, The Hill Where Lionesses Roar [+see also:
interview: Luana Bajrami
film profile] by Luàna Bajrami, has been chosen for the Directors' Fortnight.
The country's Prime Minister, Albin Kurti, met up with us on the Croisette to discuss this lucky strike, as well as his take on gender equality and his approach to culture and its role within society and politics.