After the 15-minute opening ceremony in Oda Theater, this year’s Femart begins with the premiere of Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci’s film, “Bota”. This co-production between Albania, Kosovo, and Italy tells the story of the people working at the “Bota” cafe, a decrepit diner in the equally-barren setting of the swampy, undefined, and unidentified part of Albania. Juli, Beni, and Nora dream of a better life, and their destiny begins to change when a group of Albanians and Italians start construction on a highway right next to “Bota”. Chosen as the representative for Albania in the 2016 Oscar Academy Awards, “Bota” has been praised as “a still-life picture of small-town stagnation, but seismic events are looming just beyond the horizon.”
Right after “Bota,” an exhibition and performance will be presented by multimedia artist Fitore Berisha. This will be Berisha’s first exhibition after ten years of living and working in Iceland. The performance, “Revolt Against Violence”, interpreted tonight by Agnes Nokshiqi and Tristan Halilaj, will be dealing with the concepts of exploitation and encroachment – and the need to revolt against them.
To end the night, stay with us for a drink or two at our cocktail event with music by Hana Zeqa.