Isstra Creative Factory (Shkumbin Istrefi), Dream Factory (Ognen Antov), Papadhimitri Production (Dionis Papadhimitri)
Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia
Teuta Ajdini Jegeni, Alketa Sylaj, Astrit Kabashi, Refet Abazi, Arona Zyberi
Vladimir Pavlovski, Kaltrina Krasniqi
Burim Arifi, Blendina Xhema
Petrit Çeku, Genc Salihu
Igor Popovski, Darko Spasovski
Vera andrron detin (Vera Dreams of the Sea)
Vera is a middle-aged sign language interpreter, who leads a well-structured life: a wife to a renowned judge, a supportive mother, and a caring grandmother. Her serene life is disrupted by her husband’s suicide followed by an unwelcome, menacing parade of men who claim to have ownership over their village family house. When the tendrils of an underworld scheme begin to surface, Vera’s world will face danger and seem ready to collapse. Fear and mistrust will force Vera to take the family’s fate into her own hands.
The film is an intimate yet universal portrait of a woman, who has to face the raw reality of going against the deep-seated gender issues of our times.
Vera, my mother, was in her mid-thirties when she divorced my father. Raised in socialist Yugoslavia, she believed in the judicial system and fought in courts to ensure our share of inheritance and was defeated. This was the first time she was confronted with the limits of the society she aspired for herself, becoming aware that the legal system follows a very patrilineal logic, which historically othered women regarding property rights, trapping them in a lifelong economic dependency from men. I was interested in challenging the traditional male hero narrative, because that character arc often does not fit the experience of women and other marginalised people. At the same time, I was attentive not to reproduce the trope of the suppressed woman with no agenda.
Vera’s fate unveils a merciless postwar society entangled in corruption, where women can only be collateral damage of yet another highway in the making. I see myself as an intimate, curious observer of Vera’s life, absorbing the internal drama of her day-to-day existence.
Vera’s submissiveness makes me uncomfortable but also moves me, because women of her generation are rarely–if ever–depicted in film or literature. So many stereotypes are represented in their name, but as Zadie Smith puts it: “The first generation does what the second one does not want to do so the third is free to do what it likes.”
PRODUCTION 1: Shkumbin Istrefi - Isstra Creative Factory
Str. Universiteti Sylejman Vokshi) 36/4
10000 – Prishtina, Kosovo
Tel. +383 44503040
PRODUCTION 2: Ognen Antov – Dream Factory
Kej 13 Noemvri 5/8
1000 – Skopje, North Macedonia
Tel. +389 70255888
PRODUCTION 3: Dionis Papadhimitri - Papadhimitri Production
Rr. Myslym Shyri P55/1 Shk 1 Ap 3
1001 – Tirana, Albania
Tel. +355 672060422
WORLD SALES: Ioanna Stais (Head of Sales & Acquisitions) – Heretic
36, alkmanos str.
11528 – Athens, Greece
Tel. +30 210 600 52 60
PRESS OFFICE: Kathleen McInnis – See-Through Films LLC
620 N Plymouth Blvd
CA 90004 – Los Angeles, United States of America
Tel. +1 310 733 9805