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THE FILM

In her realistic and assured debut feature, Hive, writer/director Blerta Basholli, portrays the life of Fahrije Hoti as she tries to move on. 

 

Played by Yllka Gashi, a well-known actress from Kosova, living in New York, Fahrije is a woman from a village in Kosova, Krusha e Madhe, who having lost her husband during the war in Kosova needs to start working in a patriarchal society who does not see her empowerment as a positive thing. 

 

Hive started back ten years ago when the director heard a TV Story about a woman in Krusha e Madhe who got a driving license and started to work and society prejudiced her for that. Blerta went to meet Fahrije and she went together with Yllka Gashi, who was cast for the film before even writing the script. Both the director and actress fell in love with the character of Fahrije from the beginning. Since then they lived with the character until it became alive first as a script in 2015 and then as a film in 2021.

 

Her father-in-law is played by another great actor from Kosova, Çun Lajçi, who had lost his son during the war, is cut between the grief and, the patriarchal society which he is part of. He understands Fahrije’s need to move on, although he finds it hard to accept. 

 

The film has won three awards at Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize, Directing Award, and Audience Award, making it the first film to win all three awards in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. 

 

Other parts in the film include Kumrije Hoxha, Aurita Agushi, Adriana Matoshi, Molike Maxhuni, Blerta Ismaili, Valire Haxhijaj Zeneli, Astrit Kabashi, Armend Smajli, Nexhat Xhokli, Xhejlane Terbunja, Shkelqim Islami, Ilir Prapashtica and her children Kaona Sylejmani and Mal Noah Safqiu. 

 
 
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AWARDS AND FESTIVALS


Hive (Albanian: Zgjoi) is a 2021 Kosovan drama film directed by Blerta Basholli in her directorial debut. The film stars Yllka Gashi, Çun Lajçi, and Aurita Agushi. It premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 31, 2021, and became the first film in Sundance history to win all three main awards – the Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award, and the Directing Award – in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. It was selected as the Kosovan entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.


Sundance Film Festival 2021

Winner


Audience Award

World Cinema - Dramatic
 

Winner


Directing Award

World Cinema - Dramatic
Blerta Basholli

Winner


Grand Jury Prize

World Cinema - Dramatic

 

Jerusalem Film Festival 2021

Nominee


Award for International Cinema

Best International Debut
 

Jameson CineFest - Miskolc International Film Festival 2021

Nominee


Emeric Pressburger Prize

Best Feature Film

 

Guanajuato International Film Festival 2021

Nominee


International Feature Competition

Best Film

Prishtina International Film Festival 2021

Winner


Best Balkan Feature Film

Balkan Feature Competition

Winner


Annual Achievement Award

Balkan Feature Competition
 

Cinedays European Film Festival 2021

Winner

Best Film – Golden Star

International Feature Competition

Tetova International Film Festival ODA 2021
 

Winner


Best Film

Cine Balkan Panorama Feature Competition
 

 

Berkshire International Film Festival 2021

Winner


Best Narrative Feature

Narrative Competition