Looking for Venera
Original title:
Në kërkim të Venerës
Slovenian title:
Kje je Venera?
Country, year:
Kosovo, Macedonia, 2021
Directed by:
Norika Sefa
Norika Sefa
Luis Armando Arteaga
English, slovenian
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Kosovare Krasniqi (Venera), Rozafa Celaj (Dorina), Basri Lushtaku (Venerin oče)
Rotterdam 2021 (Special Jury Prize), Cinema Jove Valencia 2021 (Best Actor), Sarajevo 2021 (Award for Promoting Gender Equality), Hong Kong 2021 (Best Actress, Best Director), IndieLisboa 2021

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Sun, 14.11.2021 15:45 Kino Komuna Buy
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A coming-of-age story, Looking for Venera follows the troubled life of a taciturn girl living in the Kosovar countryside, where she is expected to protect the family's good reputation. The traditional, hierarchic town feels even more oppressive when the free-thinking girl starts to break down patriarchal restraints.

Calm, reticent Venera lives in a small village in Kosovo. At home, three generations are constantly under one another's feet in their cramped house, so she has hardly any privacy. Outside too, it's not much better: the village is small and there's always a brother, nephew or neighbour keeping a beady eye on her. Her spirits lift when she makes friends with rebellious Dorina. The two girls go out having fun together, exploring sexuality and the delights of teenage life. One thing they know for sure: they don't want to end up like their mothers.

"I wanted to tell a story based in Kosovo, but that wouldn't reproduce the stereotypes for which the country is known abroad. So basically, I didn't want to show some traditional costumes nor evoke an exotic feeling. I didn't want the film to exploit the poverty of Balkan countries. However, tradition itself is the very core of the story and so is family. I, myself, grew up in a big family and so this is a topic dear to me. I was curious about what would appear from the development of the characters and how the actors' interpretation might influence the film." (Norika Sefa)