Mirë se vjen! Welcome.
I hope this list can be a journey of discovery. When I did it at first there were few Albanian films on Mubi. Now, years on, thankfully there are many; thanks to those whose sterling work has made this happen.
Access to Albanian cinema has been limited in many countries, though youtube is useful for Albanian speakers. I’ve read only 1 Albanian book, The Palace of Dreams, by Kadare- excellent. I did a couple of Albanian-linked threads on the great but now defunct Mubi forum. And i’ve seen Albania across the sea from Kerkira/Corfu. Michael Palin visited for his Eastern Europe TV series. No doubt it is a beautiful land of mountains and blue sea. But it remains an enticing enigma wrapped in a mystery.
I’m doing a mix of indigenous Albanian films- many involving world war 2-, in year order, and then also films set and shot elsewhere involving Albanians and in Kosovo. I’m even including some films with scenes referring to Albania, like the football match commentary in The White Bus, and the Albanian tape in Inside Man. The British comedy star Norman Wisdom, a plucky mischievous little working class hero against the snobbish establishment, was a big star in Albania, where his films were given the green light for popular viewing under the Communist regime. Actors James and John Belushi had Albanian parents, Gjon Mili the US-based photographer and director of the excellent short film Jammin’ the Blues was from Albania.
TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (since 2003)
Missing from the site:
Thread Expected (Muharrem Fejzo, 1976)
Dear Enemy (Gjergj Xhuvani, 2004)
XHEVAHIR SPAHIU: udhëtimet e mia
Do ta shaloj renë
të shkoj mbi malet e mia,
po deshën shi, t’u derdh pika lotësh.
Do ta shaloj kalin
të ndiej shijen e erës
kur dashuria më pret.
Do ta shaloj lumin
të më çojë në det,
të mbaj mbi vete anijet.
Do ta shaloj pemën
mos pikëllohet pa zogjtë,
rrënjët t’i ngulen më thellë në tokë.
Do ta shaloj ëdrrën
pa yzengji dhe pa fre,
të më çojë tek e nesërmja.
Do ta shaloj këngën,
zot i saj, rob i saj, – t’i këndoj
lëvizjes dhe nga pika e vdekur
Ditën e mirë! Have a good day.Weniger