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2022

17.09.22
19:00
First of all, what will happen? (2022)
FilmVideoTalk

First of all, what will happen? (2022) / Director: Florian Mehmeti Löffler / Length:  31 min. / Language: NONE / Subtitles: NONE / Entrance: FREE

“First of all, what will happen?“ (2022), shot at Grand-Hotel-Prishtina, follows a non-linear plot questioning the relationship between concrete matter of monuments and that of quantum physics.

Opposing the ideology presented in a monument, that of the ever lasting nationstate, Quantum physics defy commonsense notion of matter. In the tiniest scale, all matter behaves like waves and isn’t ever solid. First by affecting its viewer, it fixes its position as stable matter.

“First of all, what will happen?“ is an experimental film where each scene diffracts various temporalities within and across the field of space-time-matter. Sceneries never rest but are reconfigured within, dispersed across, and threaded through one another.

A kid drives an electric vehicle through the corridors of Grand until entering the famous Room 446, in that Josip Broz Tito resided during his visits in Kosovo. The man inhabiting the room is somewhat spooky* entangled with the kid — though he’s non-present in the eyes of the child, they connect through the ever-growing black-hole outside the windows.

* ‘Spooky action at a distance’ is how Albert Einstein famously described the concept of quantum entanglement.

“First of all, what will happen?” by Florian Mehmeti Löffler
Production: Katarzë Films
Cinematographer: Leart Rama
Lead cast: Redon Kika, Tringa Sefedini
Supporting cast: Elisa Maxhuni
Editor: Leart Rama, Florian Mehmeti Löffler
Music composer: Genc Elezaj, Edmond Krasniqi
Sound recording: Atdhe Behluli
Colorist: Leart Rama
Visual effects: Florian Mehmeti Löffler
Styling: Tringa Sefedini, Florian Mehmeti Löffler
Make-up artist: Elisa Maxhuni
Special thanks to: Misal Adnan Yıldız, Tringa Sefedini, Leart Rama, Genc Elezaj, Josephine Pryde, Studio Pryde

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Florian Mehmeti Löffler, born in Germany in 1995, is a visual artist who lives and works in Berlin and Prishtina. He recently graduated at UdK-Berlin in the class of Josephine Pryde.

Solo exhibitions include: „I - See - You - See - Me - See - You“ Spazio ORR, Brescia, Italy (2020), „I am not turning, I am not turning back.“, Neues Off - Yorck Kinos Berlin (2020). His work has been shown in group exhibitions at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt a.M. (2018) fffriedrich, Frankfurt a.M (2017), Museum für Fotografie, Berlin (2018), Babylon, Berlin (2018) EIGEN+ART Lab, Berlin (2019), SPOILER — Aktionsraum Moabit, Berlin (2020).

16.09.22
18:00
Movie Time at Kino ARMATA
Film

Movie Time at Kino ARMATA / organized by SUMMER CULT

-"Sharing” by Granit Dragaj

-“#Hashtag” by Lorena Sopi

-“The Long Spring” by Ermal Duli

-“Vera” by Hana Bucalija

14.09.22
19:00
The Hill Where Lionesses Roar (2021)
FilmTalk

The Hill Where Lionesses Roar (2021) / Director: Luana Bajrami / Length: 82 min. / Language: Albanian / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

SYNOPSIS

Somewhere in Kosovo, in a small remote village, three young women see their dreams and ambitions stifled. In their quest for independence, nothing can stop them: time to let the lionesses roar.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

"You always come back here, while we only want to leave."
Quoted from an umpteenth discussion with my cousin, as there have been so many, perched on the hill overlooking our village Pleshina. I turn to her: she does not look at me but stares into the distance, worried. It was then I understood that I was touching on a deep, generalized suffering. This place, this country - Kosovo - which fascinates me, is for her, a prison. By this she was also telling me that I was free.

THE HILL WHERE LIONESSES ROAR is the story of three young friends who grew up in a village where ignorance and boredom reign, and who decide in the prime of their lives to get out of it together. The film is carried by these three striking figures who rebel against the injustice of their condition that they did not choose. We follow the evolution of these three hearts that carry us by their laughter, their ardour, their hopes, and tears. Through them, the film paints this age where we question ourselves, this quest for oneself, for the other, this quest for good, but above all the potential of choices. The whole film is built around the feverish desire of youthful emancipation: this rage to break the bonds which inhabit these three young girls.

This theme for me is universal, so I wanted to untie the film from any temporality. However, I decided to set it in Kosovo.

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

DIRECTORS' FORTNIGHT CANNES
​MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL - Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress
PRISHTINA FILM FESTIVAL - Best Director & Best Actress
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
​​CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Grand Jury Prize
​WARSAW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FIPRESCI Jury Award
RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - Best Director & Best Discovery
STOCKHOLM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Best Debut & Best Script
IMAGE+NATION FILM FESTIVAL - Best Cinematography & Honourable Mention - Best Feature Film

13.09.22
19:00
As I Was Looking Above, I Could See Myself Underneath (2022)
FilmTalk

ABOUT THE FILM

Home is a feeling, they say, but where is home, when you are not allowed to feel at home even within your own body and mind? What is self when it is constantly displaced and rejected?

In societies generously cultivating and maintaining spaces for heteronormative selves to be performed and almost inherently unaccepting to those different from the widely accepted normal - the weight of being is almost unbearable.

Regardless, the fight to break through is fierce!

As I Was Looking Above, I Could See Myself Underneath unveils intimate stories of LGBTQ persons from Kosovo, going through their unceasing search for a safe place that allows them to be.

12.09.22
14:00
Digital vs Traditional Banking
TalkConference

German-Kosovar Chamber of Commerce (GKCC) organizes the first edition of “Green and Digital Week” between 12-16 September 2022 in Prishtina.

Green and Digital Week will open with a discussion between fintech companies and banks.

Panel will discuss how the digitalization affect financial service industry, what changes occurred and how those changes supported the needs and functioning of the private sector businesses.

Panelists:

Mentor Geci - Director of Department for Banking Supervision, Kosovo Central Bank

Eriola Bibolli - CEO, Procredit Bank

Anita Kovacic - CEO, Raiffeisen Bank

Ylli Dushi - CEO, OneFor

Alban Nevzati - CEO, Swinto

Valon Budima - CTO, Paysera

09.09.22
21:00
Jean-François Pauvros & Jean-Marc Montera (FR) / Four Ways from Sundown
Manifesta 14 ConcertMusic

CONCERT / Jean-François Pauvros & Jean-Marc Montera (FR)

Jean-François Pauvros and Jean-Marc Montera’s performance is a part of Kino ARMATA’s Four Ways from Sundown programme, curated by Sezgin Boynik, Alush Gashi and Vigan Nimani for Manifesta 14 Prishtina, also featuring Felix Kubin, Anna Thew and Sylvain George. Four Ways from Sundown is supported by Foundation Manifesta 13 Marseille.

Jean-François Pauvros is a French musician, electric guitarist and experimental music improviser born in 1947 in Hautmont. He participates in the Mobius group with Gaby Bizien and Philippe Deschepper. The French talent scout Jef Gilson records a first disc of Pauvros with Gaby Bizien in duo whose music is close to British free music. He met Siegfried Kessler with whom he recorded Phoenix 14 in 1978. Jean-François Pauvros recorded in 1985 for the nato discs Le Grand Amour with guitarist Arto Lindsay (ex DNA), singer Ted Milton of the group Blurt and drummer Terry Day; in 1988 was released on the same Hamster Attack label with drummer Julian Fenton, singer Mary Genis and saxophonists Evan Parker and Stan Sulzmann among others.

Jean-Marc Montera is a French guitarist, mainly active in the experimental music scene. Besides being active as a musician, he's also the director of the organisation GRIM, that organises concerts, festivals, workshops and artist in residence projects in Marseille. Montera is active as a player since the 70s and has done collaborations with artists like Fred Frith, André Jaume, Barre Phillips, Yves Robert, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Louis Sclavis, Hifiklub, Michel Doneda.

05.09.22
19:00
Negotiating storytelling: Heritage constructs as contested narrative devices
LectureTalkArchitecture

Title:
"Negotiating storytelling: Heritage constructs as contested narrative devices"

Organized by:
Manifesta 14 x Research training group DFG 277 Identity and Heritage

Description:
The Research Group "Identity and Heritage" from the Universities of Berlin, Weimar, Dessau and Erfurt has been engaging with the critical analysis of heritage constructions since 2016 through the research of specific case studies. This panel discussion will bring into dialogue their experience within academic contexts with the on-going work by Manifesta on the resignification of Prishtina’s heritage and the role contemporary art has on contesting hegemonic narratives. If, following the words of Catherine Nichols, the writing of history should no longer be left to the historical sciences, what new role should we assign to academia? How do we challenge historiography? How to tell stories otherwise?

Participants: 
Research training group DFG 277 "Identity and Heritage"
Paul Domela, Head of Business, Manifesta Biennial
Bekim Ramku, Director of Kosovo Architecture Foundation

01.09.22
19:00
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Film

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) / Director: Roger Corman / Length: 72 min. / Language: English / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

The Little Shop of Horrors is a 1960 American black comedy film directed by Roger Corman. Written by Charles B. Griffith, the film is a farce about an inadequate florist's assistant who cultivates a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood. Produced under the title The Passionate People Eater, the film employs an original style of humor, combining black comedy with farce and incorporating Jewish humor and elements of spoof. The Little Shop of Horrors was shot on a budget of $28,000, with interiors being shot in two days utilizing sets that had been left standing from A Bucket of Blood.

The film slowly gained a cult following through word of mouth when it was distributed as the B-movie in a double feature with Mario Bava's Black Sunday and later with Last Woman on Earth. The film's popularity increased with local television broadcasts, in addition to the presence of a young Jack Nicholson, whose small role in the film has been prominently promoted on home video releases of the film. The film was the basis for an Off Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors, which was notably made into a 1986 feature film and enjoyed a 2003 Broadway revival, all of which have attracted attention to the 1960 film.

31.08.22
19:00
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Film

A Bucket of Blood (1959) / Director: Roger Corman / Length: 66 min. / Language: English / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

A Bucket of Blood is a 1959 American black comedy horror film directed by Roger Corman. It starred Dick Miller and was set in beatnik culture. The film, produced on a $50,000 budget, was shot in five days and shares many of the low-budget filmmaking aesthetics commonly associated with Corman's work. Written by Charles B. Griffith, the film is a dark comic satire about a dimwitted, impressionable young busboy at a Bohemian café who is acclaimed as a brilliant sculptor when he accidentally kills his landlady's cat and covers its body in clay to hide the evidence. When he is pressured to create similar work, he becomes murderous.

A Bucket of Blood was the first of three collaborations between Corman and Griffith in the comedy genre, followed by The Little Shop of Horrors (which was shot on the same sets as A Bucket of Blood) and Creature from the Haunted Sea. Corman had made no previous attempt at the genre, although past and future Corman productions in other genres incorporated comedic elements. The film is a satire not only of Corman's own films but also of the art world and teen films of the 1950s. The film is noted as well in many circles as an honest, undiscriminating portrayal of the many facets of beatnik culture, including art, dance and style of living.

30.08.22
19:00
Book promotion ‘Childhoods Hijacked’
VideoMusicTalkBook

‘Childhoods Hijacked’ is a book narrated by 10 parents and family members of children killed or missing in the war, and by 2 children who grew up without parents as a result of the last war in Kosovo.

Through explorations of oral histories, this volume seeks to the pluralization of history and inclusion of children's experiences of war in collective memory, to facilitate addressing the systemic silence and generalizations in the narrative about the last war in Kosovo.

The event will open with the screening of the music/video intervention dedicated to the wartime missing, titled ‘The Vanished’ (published by forumZFD) – directed by Lum Citaku, composed and performed by Liburn Jupolli, with Arta Jashari as soprano, and Edita Pozhegu in the recital of the poem The Vanished by Hans Magnus Enzenberger.

The promotion of the book will open with remarks by Mr. Bajram Qerkini, executive director of Missing Persons Resource Center, and Mr. Nehari Sharri, forumZFD Kosovo Country Director, to be followed by the panel discussion titled 'Kosovo Children: Silenced histories of war’, with panelists Nora Ahmetaj, Human Rights and Restorative Justice Researcher, Activist and Feminist; Dr. Mimoza Shahini, a specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and lecturer in collage AAB and the University of Prishtina; and Korab Krasniqi, forumZFD Kosovo. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Linda Gusia, a Sociologist and professor at the University of Prishtina.

‘Childhoods Hijacked’ was published in partnership between forumZFD Kosovo program and Missing Persons Resource Centre, supported by funds received from the German Federal Ministry on Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) and the Swiss Embassy in Kosovo.

25.08.22
19:00
Compartiment Tueurs (1965)
Gavras 101 Film

Compartiment Tueurs (1965) / Director: Costa-Gavras / Length: 95 min. / Language: French / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

Six people travel by train overnight from Marseilles to Paris. When the train arrives at its destination, one of the passengers, a girl, is found dead in a sleeping berth. The police led by Inspector Grazzi investigate the other five passengers, suspecting that one of them was responsible. However, as the investigation is stepped up, the other passengers start turning up dead. It is then up to the last remaining two to solve the case, before they become the next victims.

Costa-Gavras (born 1933 in Iraia, Greece) is a renowned Greek-French film director and producer who is known for making films with overt political themes. During the World War II, his father, a tax official in Athens, worked for the left wing resistance movement and became marked as a communist. Later with the defeat of the communists in the civil war, he was jailed. It not only affected the family financially, but closed the door for higher studies for young Gavras. Consequently, he was forced to move to France, where he graduated from Institute for Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris. Thereafter, he started working as assistant to various reputed directors and had his directorial debut in mid-1960s with a French thriller film called ‘Compartiment tueurs’. However, his later films began to carry an overt political message, especially ‘Z’, ’État de Siège’, ‘Missing’, and ‘Hamma K’, etc. Today he is a naturalized French citizen and lives in Paris.

This film is screened in partnership with Alliance Française de Pristina, French Embassy in Kosovo and IF Cinema.

24.08.22
19:00
L’Aveu (1970)
Gavras 101 Film

L'Aveu (1970) / Director: Costa-Gavras / Length: 140 min. / Language: French / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

The film is about Anton Ludvik, alias Gerard, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is being watched and followed. One day, he is arrested and put into jail by an organisation that declares itself "above the ruling party" and put in solitary confinement for months without being told the reason why. Through brainwashing techniques, including sleep deprivation, being forced to walk back and forth all the time, and drugs, he is slowly pressured into confessing imaginary crimes and treason and to repeat this confession in a public court. Years later, he meets his now demoted tormentor, who tries to downplay his role at that time.

Costa-Gavras (born 1933 in Iraia, Greece) is a renowned Greek-French film director and producer who is known for making films with overt political themes. During the World War II, his father, a tax official in Athens, worked for the left wing resistance movement and became marked as a communist. Later with the defeat of the communists in the civil war, he was jailed. It not only affected the family financially, but closed the door for higher studies for young Gavras. Consequently, he was forced to move to France, where he graduated from Institute for Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris. Thereafter, he started working as assistant to various reputed directors and had his directorial debut in mid-1960s with a French thriller film called ‘Compartiment tueurs’. However, his later films began to carry an overt political message, especially ‘Z’, ’État de Siège’, ‘Missing’, and ‘Hamma K’, etc. Today he is a naturalized French citizen and lives in Paris.

This film is screened in partnership with Alliance Française de Pristina, French Embassy in Kosovo and IF Cinema.

23.08.22
19:00
Z (1969)
Gavras 101 Film

Z (1969) / Director: Costa-Gavras / Length: 125 min. / Language: French / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

In a country ruled by a fragile democracy where the police and the military are set on eradicating all threats from the political left, a member of the parliamentary opposition is murdered in the street right after leading a pacifist meeting. The official inquiry into the case is entrusted to a young judge who becomes aware that this was a political crime committed by two hired killers. To entangle things further, an ambitious journalist resorts to unorthodox means to pile up evidence against several members of an extreme right-wing party, while these in turn accuse police and army high officials.

Costa-Gavras (born 1933 in Iraia, Greece) is a renowned Greek-French film director and producer who is known for making films with overt political themes. During the World War II, his father, a tax official in Athens, worked for the left wing resistance movement and became marked as a communist. Later with the defeat of the communists in the civil war, he was jailed. It not only affected the family financially, but closed the door for higher studies for young Gavras. Consequently, he was forced to move to France, where he graduated from Institute for Advanced Cinematographic Studies in Paris. Thereafter, he started working as assistant to various reputed directors and had his directorial debut in mid-1960s with a French thriller film called ‘Compartiment tueurs’. However, his later films began to carry an overt political message, especially ‘Z’, ’État de Siège’, ‘Missing’, and ‘Hamma K’, etc. Today he is a naturalized French citizen and lives in Paris.

This film is screened in partnership with Alliance Française de Pristina, French Embassy in Kosovo and IF Cinema.

18.08.22
19:00
Reshat Randobrava MONOGRAPH
MusicBook

18.08. Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Kino ARMATA – Prishtina

Book promotion:
RESHAT RANDOBRAVA
Monograph

Text: Dr. Rreze Kryeziu – Breznica
Proofreading: Drita Nimani
Translation: Mik Randobrava
Design: Zeni Ballazhi
Music production: Andin Randobrava

Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and Municipality of Prishtina

17.08.22
20:00
Dur Gur Mur (2021)
FilmVideo

DUR GUR MUR follows a little boy as he wanders around an abandoned train station. Using a surreal and non-linear cinematic language. The director Genc Jakupi explores the relationship between dark heritage and memory, taking his own memories of experiencing deportation to Bllacë during the war in ‘98-99 as a starting point.

This project has been developed as part of the Heritage Space Platform, which is developed by Chwb Kosovo.

AWARDS
Best Actor - Short Movies: Ersin Muhaxheri / Ficimad 2022

ABOUT GENC JAKUPI
Genc Jakupi is an Albanian-American actor. During his teenage years, he moved to New York City from Prishtina, Kosovo and continued his passion for acting and performing by enrolling at the famed Herbert Berghof Studio. While studying there, he became part of the ensemble and took part in many plays like Arthur Miller’s “The American Clock” and Tennessee William‘s “The Long Goodbye”. After his time in New York, he continued his theater education in London, attending courses at Lamda. Then, from 2016, he enrolled at the renowned Paris Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. Since its creation, the school has educated many well known theater actors from across the world.

After finishing and graduating the intensive 2 year program at Lecoq in 2018, Genc then went back to Kosovo to play the lead character Flamur in the feature film Drita, which had its premiere at the Zurich Film Festival. His next project had him write and direct a short film named DUR GUR MUR which tells a story of a young boy journeying through a train station. The film had its premiere at the Kosovar film festival Dokufest.

Besides the above mentioned projects, Genc has had appearances in feature films for Bleed for This, You Won’t Be Alone, alongside Miles Teller and Noomi Rapace respectively. Genc currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

12.08.22
12:00
Tin Dirdamal Masterclass / The Lost Sound of Future
LectureFilmVideo

TIN DIRDAMAL MASTERCLASS
The Lost Sound of Future

A masterclass on filmmaking that seeks to find new narratives far away from the film world. Where fiction meets non-fiction, where film and non-film converge. Far away from formulas, scripts, film schools and crews. In search of a place where creation and destruction sit at the same table to eat. Using the mistake and limitations as the driving force, the not knowing as the compass. This masterclass is born from a deep love and a great aversion to cinema.

LANGUAGE
English

DURATION
4 hours

GROUP
No limit of number of participants. Filmmakers, non-filmmakers, artists, and non-artists are welcome

ABOUT TIN DIRDAMAL

Born 165 kilometers south of the US-Mexico border, self-taught filmmaker and accidental artist. He measures the success of his films by how much of himself he abandons in the process. Also self- taught in psychology and architecture. He uses mistakes and limitations as his driving force, the not knowing as his compass.

He is an advocate of plagiarism and is a great ignorant of world affairs. He believes that lies can be an instrument to approach truth. It takes him on average 5.5555 years to complete a film. He knows how to find underground water, until recently he had never read a book in his life and he regularly segment sleeps. He is convinced he can document the future and has attempted this numerous times. He is a gypsy and a nomad, he lives in places for 2 to 3 years with the understanding he will soon abandon them. He has lived for prolonged periods of time in Arizona, Bolivia, the North of India, the North of México, the North of Vietnam, the West of Turkey and currently in the North of Albania.

At 23 he grabbed a camera for the first time and made his first accidental and feature length film with the only intention of showing it to his friends and family. This film won a dozen awards in film festivals including an award at Sundance. Until now he has finished 4 feature length films and is currently working on 4 new ones. He is a loner: he directs, produces, acts, writes, does camera and sound, composes the music, edits, color corrects and does the sound design for his own films.

His films have been shown and awarded at some of the most important art venues and film festivals around the world including the Venice Biennale, Visions du Reel, IDFA, Jihlava, Punto de Vista, FICUNAM, etc. He has received grants from Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute and Rockefeller Media Artists. He has been invited to mentor, give workshops and masterclasses at UCLA, YALE, NYU, Hunter, UMASS, Union Docs (Brooklyn), DocLab (Hanoi), etc.

He uses different names, Tin Dirdamal is not his real name.

11.08.22
19:00
Tin Dirdamal Showcase / Death in Arizona (2014) / Dark Light Voyage (2021)
FilmVideoDocumentary

DEATH IN ARIZONA. Mexico-Bolivia-Germany, 2014. 73 min.

A futuristic documentary of lost love and a tale of a dying civilization. An autobiographical portrayal of a filmmaker that returns to his lost love's empty apartment in pursuit of answers.

Best FIlm / Miradas Docs, Canary Islands
Official Selection / Visions du Reel, Nyon Switzerland
Official Selection / Ambulante Film Festival, Mexico
Official Selection / Morelia International Film Festival, Mexico US Premiere / Union Docs, Brooklyn ‘16

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/76232488

DARK LIGHT VOYAGE. Mexico-Vietnam, 2021. 66 min.

A Buddhist anti-parable of a journey into the dark light. His daughter looked out the window. It was 20 kilometers away from the Ruc Tribe- a people who are said to have been feeding a fire since the beginning. If they were to let the fire die, humanity would cease to exist. The journey was by train, from the north to the south of Vietnam because the man could not be in one place. He needed to be neither here nor there to understand that thing that so perturbed him.

Award Winner / Jihlava Film Festival
Award Winner / L’Alternativa Film Festival, Barcelona
Official Selection / Torino Film Festival
Official Selection / Mar del Plata Film Festival, Argentina Official Selection / Goteborg Film Festival
Official Selection / FICUNAM, Mexico
Official Selection / Dokufest

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/524045765

29.07.22
21:00
Legowelt (NL) / Ambient Trip Commander
FilmConcertMusic

Katarzë Invites brings the iconic Dutch electronic musician Danny Wolfers a.k.a Legowelt for a screening of his feature film AMBIENT TRIP COMMANDER at Kino ARMATA on 29 July 2022.

AMBIENT TRIP COMMANDER is the first feature animation film made by Legowelt. The animation, in which Wolfers’ paintings come to life, is hand drawn, frame-by-frame, using vibrant watercolors and is the achievement of a laborious process which took 18 months to accomplish. With a running time of 70 minutes, AMBIENT TRIP COMMANDER presents a full original soundtrack made by Wolfers himself, which he will perform live during the screening in Kino Armata and which features improvisation on synthesizer. AMBIENT TRIP COMMANDER offers a profound and visually stimulating voyage into Wolfers’ intriguing – and at times, uncanny – fictive world through animation and sound.

artwork: TADI

28.07.22
19:00
Exquisite Corpse: Neo_School
Neo_School Film

“Exquisite Corpse: Neo_School" is a collaborative film made by students of the Neo_School: Experimental & Personal Filmmaking educational module organized by Kino ARMATA between 1—6 March 2022, inspired by a poetry game the roots of which can be traced to the Surrealist/Dadaist Movement. The name "Exquisite Corpse" comes from a line of poetry created using this technique: "The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine."

Exquisite Corpse is played by several people, each of whom writes a word on a sheet of paper, folds the paper to conceal it, and passes it on to the next player for their contribution. In this case, students are contributing scenes of a film they made, aptly entitled Exquisite Corpse: Neo_School.

27.07.22
19:00
Neo_School Documentary Films Screening
Neo_School FilmDocumentary

Kino ARMATA is proud to screen twelve films produced during two modules of Neo_School, a one-month informal school module for the production of short documentary films. Selected candidates had the opportunity to attend lectures on various aspects of documentary filmmaking, including production, research, screenplay development, directing, editing, audio, etc., from the leaders in film and research. After intensive theory sessions and developing the ideas for their films, each student produced a short documentary film. They were challenged individually and as a group to operate cameras, edit the film, work on post-production and other aspects of filmmaking process.

Filmmakers:
Vlera Azizi
Blend Bytyqi
Redon Kikaj
Auron Myftari
Valmira Rashiti
Nol Sahatçiu
Eranda Bokshi
Blerta Haziraj
Flaka Kokolli
Agnesa Mehanolli
Qendresa Mehmeti
Era Qena

The education platform is a logical continuation of Kino ARMATA’s building of a creative base for artists, producers, cultural workers, etc. With the help of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Kino ARMATA is now equipped with cameras, audio equipment, editing suites, etc., that allowed all Neo_School participants to produce for FREE their films without any additional technical requirement. Lecturers and mentors at Neo_School are leaders in their areas of expertise, ensuring that students received relevant guidance for developing their ideas and transferring those into the film medium.

Neo_School is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Municipality of Prishtina.

23.07.22
12:00
Jakup Ferri / The Monumentality of the Everyday
Book

BOOK LAUNCH / Jakup Ferri / The Monumentality of the Everyday

Come meet and greet the Kosovo Pavilion Team and grab a copy of the book The Monumentality of the Everyday—this year’s Kosovo’s exhibition by artist Jakup Ferri at the Biennale Arte 2022, supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The exhibition curated by Inke Arns is an installation of Jakup’s works such as paintings, embroideries, and carpets, which have been presented in the book designed by Diellza Veliqi and Lira Gjikolli.

21.07.22
21:00
Felix Kubin (DE) / Four Ways from Sundown
Manifesta 14 ConcertMusic

CONCERT: Felix Kubin (DE)

Felix Kubin’s performance is a part of Kino ARMATA’s Four Ways from Sundown programme, curated by Sezgin Boynik, Alush Gashi and Vigan Nimani for Manifesta 14 Prishtina, also featuring Jean-Marc Montera / Jean-François Pauvros, Anna Thew and Sylvain George. Four Ways from Sundown is supported by Foundation Manifesta 13 Marseille.

Felix Kubin is a composer, creator of radio plays, performer, media artist and curator. A lovechild of the home recording era (he started to compose electronic 4-track music at the age of 12), his activities span futurist pop, electroacoustic and chamber orchestra music, radio art, lecture performances and writing. In 1998 he founded his own record label Gagarin Records. Over the last two decades, he has released numerous albums of different conceptual formats and played at well over hundred international contemporary music festivals. The French film artist Marie Losier ("The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye") has shot an award-winning docu-phantasma about him that premiered at Locarno film festival in 2019 and has been shown on ARTE TV and film festivals worldwide. Felix Kubin likes to move between high and low culture, clubs and concert halls, as his main concern is the shifting of contexts and expectations.

felixkubin.com

17.07.22
19:00
TETRIS Vinyl Promo
VideoMusic

A limited double LP consisting of music TETRIS from Prishtina recorded between 2009 - 2019 will be released at Kino ARMATA on Sunday, 17 July 2022, from 19:00h.

TETRIS was a Prishtina-based group of art outfitters, creating soundscapes based on hypnotic phrases from a myriad of synths and deep bass. Their ever-changing line-up was prone to heavy analogue manipulation of screeching guitars, classical piano and monotonous beats, adding color to their unpredictable yet (often) explosive performances.

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/zjtlnj3nhxe9

13.07.22
19:00
L’Argent (1983) / BRESSON 101
Bresson 101 Film

L'Argent (1983) / Director: Robert Bresson / Length:  85 min. / Language: French / Subtitles: Albanian, English / Entrance: FREE

This film is shown in cooperation with Alliance Française de Prishtina, the Embassy of France in Kosovo and IF Cinema

A forged 500-franc note is passed from person to person and shop to shop, until it falls into the hands of a genuine innocent who doesn’t see it for what it is - which will have devastating consequences on his life, causing him to turn to crime and murder.

French master Robert Bresson pushed his unique blend of spiritual rumination and formal rigour to a new level of greatness. Bresson constructs his unforgiving vision of original sin out of starkly perceived details, rooting his characters in a dehumanizing material world that withholds any hope of transcendence. The film is loosely inspired by the first part of Leo Tolstoy's posthumously published 1911 novella The Forged Coupon. It was Bresson's last film and won the Director's Prize at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.

12.07.22
19:00
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) / BRESSON 101
Bresson 101 Film

Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) / Director: Robert Bresson / Length:  95 min. / Language: French / Subtitles: Albanian, English / Entrance: FREE

This film is shown in cooperation with the Alliance Française de Pristina, the Embassy of France in Kosovo and IF Cinema.

In the French countryside near the Pyrenees, a baby donkey is adopted by young children - Jacques and his sisters, who live on a farm. They baptize the donkey (and christen it Balthazar) along with Marie, Jacques' childhood sweetheart. The donkey is given away to local farmhands who work it very hard. Years pass until Balthazar is involved in an accident and runs off, finding its way back to Marie, who is now a teenager.

Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a beast of burden, suffering the sins of humankind. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly. Through Bresson’s unconventional approach to composition, sound, and narrative, this simple story becomes a moving parable about purity and transcendence.

11.07.22
19:00
Pickpocket (1959) / BRESSON 101
Bresson 101 Film

Pickpocket (1959) / Director: Robert Bresson / Length:  75 min. / Language: French / Subtitles: Albanian, English / Entrance: FREE

This film is shown in cooperation with the Alliance Française de Pristina, the Embassy of France in Kosovo and IF Cinema.

This incomparable story of crime and redemption from the French master Robert Bresson follows Michel, a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets, subway cars, and train stations of Paris. As his compulsive pursuit of the thrill of stealing grows, however, so does his fear that his luck is about to run out.

Pickpocket was the first film for which Bresson wrote an original screenplay rather than adapting it from an existing text. A cornerstone of the career of this most economical and profoundly spiritual of filmmakers, Pickpocket is an elegantly crafted, tautly choreographed study of humanity in all its mischief and grace, the work of a director at the height of his powers.

09.07.22
19:00
KAF 2022 Lectures / DAY 3
KAF LectureArchitecture

The 10th edition of the Architecture Festival in Kosovo will be held between 4 July – 1 October 2022. During July, 8 public lectures and 3 workshops are planned, while during September, 10 lectures, 5 workshops, screenings of documentary films, urban interventions and an exhibition.

July speakers include Kristina Knauf and Leo Stuckardt from MVRDV.next; Joni Baboci, Get.Layer; Përparim Rama, Mayor of Pristina; Jan Liesegang, RaumlaborBerlin; Luca Molinari; Andres Lepik German Museum of Architecture; Hussam Dhaka AA School; Niko McGlashan, Leventhal Center for Advanced Architecture and Eric Robsky Huntley from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All the lectures are open to the general public and will be held at Kino ARMATA.

July 9
19:00 "Who's next, homelessness, architecture and the cities" Andres Lepik
20:00 "Data don't drive: Mapping Up with the Social Justice Movement" Eric Robsky Huntley

08.07.22
19:00
KAF 2022 Lectures / DAY 2
KAF LectureArchitecture

The 10th edition of the Architecture Festival in Kosovo will be held between 4 July – 1 October 2022. During July, 8 public lectures and 3 workshops are planned, while during September, 10 lectures, 5 workshops, screenings of documentary films, urban interventions and an exhibition.

July speakers include Kristina Knauf and Leo Stuckardt from MVRDV.next; Joni Baboci, Get.Layer; Përparim Rama, Mayor of Pristina; Jan Liesegang, RaumlaborBerlin; Luca Molinari; Andres Lepik German Museum of Architecture; Hussam Dhaka AA School; Niko McGlashan, Leventhal Center for Advanced Architecture and Eric Robsky Huntley from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All the lectures are open to the general public and will be held at Kino ARMATA.

July 8
19:00 RaumlaborBerlin, Jan Liesegang
20:00 "Post-Pandemic Domesticity" Luca Molinari

07.07.22
19:00
KAF 2022 Lectures / DAY 1
KAF LectureArchitecture

The 10th edition of the Architecture Festival in Kosovo will be held between 4 July – 1 October 2022. During July, 8 public lectures and 3 workshops are planned, while during September, 10 lectures, 5 workshops, screenings of documentary films, urban interventions and an exhibition.

July speakers include Kristina Knauf and Leo Stuckardt from MVRDV.next; Joni Baboci, Get.Layer; Përparim Rama, Mayor of Pristina; Jan Liesegang, RaumlaborBerlin; Luca Molinari; Andres Lepik German Museum of Architecture; Hussam Dhaka AA School; Niko McGlashan, Leventhal Center for Advanced Architecture and Eric Robsky Huntley from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All the lectures are open to the general public and will be held at Kino ARMATA.

July 7
19:00 "Planning for Complexity" Joni Baboci
19:45 "Makkah vs Makkah" Hussam Dakkak
20:30 "Vision for Pristina" Progress Rama

05.07.22
19:00
The Mole Agent (2020)
FilmDocumentary

The Mole Agent (2020) / Director: Maite Alberdi / Length: 84 min. / Language: English, Spanish / Subtitles: Albanian/ Entrance: FREE

When a family becomes concerned about their mother’s wellbeing in a retirement home, private investigator Romulo hires Sergio, an 83 year-old man who becomes a new resident–and a mole inside the home, who struggles to balance his assignment with becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents.

However, Sergio is 83, not 007, and not an easy trainee when it comes to technology and spying techniques. But he is a keen student, looking for ways to distract himself after recently losing his wife. What could be a better distraction than some undercover spy action? While gathering intelligence, Sergio grows close to several residents and realizes that the menacing truth beneath the surface is not what anyone had suspected.

Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent is a stylish combination of an observational documentary and a spy movie, with sleek camerawork and wonderfully watchable characters. It’s a unique meditation on compassion and loneliness that will infiltrate your heart and never let go.

This film is screened in collaboration between Kino ARMATA and DokuFest.

30.06.22
19:00
Citizenfour (2014)
Film

Citizenfour (2014) / Country: United States, Hong Kong / Director: Laura Poitras / Duration: 114 min / Language: English / Subtitles: English, Albanian / Entrance: FREE

CITIZENFOUR is a Documentary film unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Poitras had already been working on a film about surveillance for two years when Snowden contacted her, using the name “CITIZENFOUR,” in January 2013. He reached out to her because he knew she had long been a target of government surveillance, stopped at airports numerous times, and had refused to be intimidated. When Snowden revealed he was a high-level analyst driven to expose the massive surveillance of Americans by the NSA, Poitras persuaded him to let her film.

After four days of interviews, Snowden's identity was made public on June 9 at his request. On June 21, the US government requested that the Hong Kong government extradite Snowden. Snowden manages to leave Hong Kong, but his US passport is cancelled before he can tie up with Havana, blocking him at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport for 40 days. The Russian government grants Snowden temporary asylum for a period of one year. In 2020 Snowden is still living in exile in Russia.

CITIZENFOUR places you in the room with Poitras, Greenwald, and Snowden as they attempt to manage the media storm raging outside, forced to make quick decisions that will impact their lives and all of those around them.

This film is screened in collaboration between Kino ARMATA and DokuFest.

29.06.22
19:30
The Ocarina of Runik (2021)
DAM Festival FilmTalkBook

DAM FESTIVAL ǀ 24.06. – 03.07.2022

Prishtina – Republic of Kosovo

THE OCARINA OF RUNIK 
Documentary screening x Q/A 
Screenplay: Seadet Beqiri 
Director: Genc Berisha 
Producer: Fatmir Spahiu

BETWEEN CURIOSITY AND LOVE FOR MUSIC 
Book promotion 
In Shaqir Hoti's words: A guide on the construction and interpretation of folkloric wind instruments 
Author: Rreze Kryeziu - Breznica

22.06.22
17:00
Y Heroes: Premiere
FilmVideo

Join us for a "SUPER" evening as we introduce you to Kosovo's newest and youngest heroes... THE Y HEROES. 

Walk the red carpet, join us for a snack, snap yourself in a super costume and enjoy the premiere of the first episode of Y Heroes: United in Diversity. Y Heroes is an educational mini-series with episodes, supported by UNMIK and implemented by YMCA Kosovo.

The project focuses on the production and launch of a youth-led Kosovo-wide TV program “Youth Heroes” (screening title: Y-Heroes) will support and visualize the positive role of young people in addressing pressing community issues and stimulate them to take constructive action towards multi-ethnic collaboration.

21.06.22
17:00
MCYS / Award ceremony in the field of music
Awards Ceremony
20.06.22
19:00
I Even Met Happy Gypsies (1967)
FilmTalk

I Even Met Happy Gypsies (1967) / Country: Serbia / Director: Aleksandar Petrovic / Duration: 94min. / Language: Serbian, Roma, Serbo-Croatian / Subtitles: Albanian / Entrance: FREE

THE CULT OF THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF BEKIM FEHMIU

In honor of Bekim Fehmiu, the Albanian artist who reached the pinnacle of success on screen and the world stage, the Kosovo Cinematography Center and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports organize the screening of "I Even Met Happy Gypsies" (1967) in seven main seven Kosovo cities, including a screening at Kino ARMATA in Prishtina.

16.06.22
19:00
The Reason I Jump (2020)
Film

The Reason I Jump (2020) / Country: United States, United Kingdom / Director: Jerry Rothwell / Duration: 82 min / Language: English / Subtitles: English, Albanian / Entrance: FREE

This film is shown in collaboration between Kino ARMATA and DokuFest.

Based on the book by Naoki Higashida, a 13-year-old nonspeaking autistic boy, this immersive film explores the experiences of non-speaking autistic people around the world, sharing how those on the non verbal autism spectrum process their environmental data which is different for each of the people affected.

Director Jerry Rothwell uses narrated passages from the book to explain the inner lives of those living with the disorder, while clever audio-visuals attempt to convey the sensory world of severe autism. Rothwell also respectfully follows the everyday lives of five non-verbal autistic people, his film moving from Broadstairs to Virginia via India and Sierra Leone, showing how neurodiversity takes on different forms in various social contexts. It all adds up to a moving and accomplished film that both inspires and educates, and ably demonstrates how individuals and families could benefit from more considered support and political policy.

Sensitively made, thought-provoking and ultimately moving, The Reason I Jump provides telling insights into the neurodiverse worldview. The result is a powerful documentary that presents life through fresh eyes.

"My hope is that THE REASON I JUMP can encourage an audience into thinking about autism from the inside, recognizing other ways of sensing the world, at times beautiful and at times disorientating. I hope the film takes audiences on a journey through different ways of seeing, leaving a strong sense of how the world needs to change to become fully inclusive." - Jerry Rothwell 

15.06.22
19:00
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Film

Man Bites Dog (1992) / Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde / Duration: 95 min. / Language: French / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

Man Bites Dog is a 1992 Belgian black comedy crime mockumentary written, produced and directed by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde, who are also the film's co-editors, cinematographers and actors respectively. 

The film follows a crew of filmmakers following a serial killer, recording his horrific crimes for a documentary they are producing. Benoit talks about art, music, nature, society and life, while killing postmen, retirees and casual people. Slowly he starts involving the camera team in his activities and they start to wonder if what they are doing is such a good idea, especially when the killer kills a rival and the rival’s brother sends a threatening letter.

Man Bites Dog is a complex and challenging reflection on violence and media. Often luring the viewer into a false sense of safety through the natural humour and relatability of the lead character. Frequently, the film abruptly kills the laughter of the audience with shocking sequences of horrific violence and depravity. Handheld cinematography adds to the frantic tone of the piece while the black and white film is a bold underscoring of the moral repugnance we are witnessing.

Controversial winner of the International Critics’ Prize at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, Man Bites Dog stunned audiences worldwide with its unflinching imagery and biting satire of media violence.

This film is screened in partnership with the Belgium Diplomatic Office in Prishtina.

14.06.22
19:00
Music Klip Vol. 9
Music Klip Video

Kino ARMATA continues with a series of events that showcases music videos by various local and international artists, as part of a visual or thematic context. The events are monthly; the June episode is curated by Hana Zeqa, fashion designer. You will listen and see music clips from artists like Michele Gondry, M.I.A, Cibo Matto, Romain Gavras, Floria Sigismondi etc.

09.06.22
18:00
K2.0 Carnival - SWEAT (DAY 1)
ConcertTalk

Opening discussion: WHY SWEAT?

Time: 18.00–19.00
We all sweat. But the sweat of workers is often taken advantage of. With a labor economist, the co-founder of the first sex workers’ collective in the Balkans, a historian and a sociologist we will think about work and ask the difficult question: why sweat?
With: Ardiana Gashi, Borche Manev Bozhinov, Krunoslav Stojaković, Visar Ymeri

Public reading: NON/ESSENTIAL SWEAT

Time: 19.00–20.00
The products of cultural workers' labor are admired, cherished, sometimes almost worshipped. But their sweat as workers is ignored and devalued. What do they sweat for? Join us as they tell us in their own words.
With: Arbër Selmani, Eli Krasniqi and Agnes Nokshiqi, Elona Beqiraj, Jonida Beqo, Nora Prekazi

Live music: SWEATY VIBES

Time: 20.30–22.30
It's not a Carnival without music and celebration. Join us and get down with some sweaty vibes.
With: Don’t Listen To Your Neighbors

08.06.22
10:00
Energy Poverty in Kosovo: Addressing the needs of those affected
Talk

The objective of addressing energy poverty during the Kosovo Sustainable Development Week is to discuss and analyze the various dimensions of energy poverty in Kosovo: economic, social, environmental, policy-making, and provide recommendations which meet the needs of those affected by energy poverty.

07.06.22
19:00
‘48 Piano’ by Arbër Selmani
Book
02.06.22
19:00
Under The Sun (2016)
Film

Under The Sun (2016) / Country: Russia, North Korea / Director: Vitaly Mansky / Length: 106 min. / Language: Korean / Subtitles: English, Albanian / Entrance: FREE

Under The Sun is a 2015 Russian documentary film directed by Vitaly Mansky. The film follows a year in the life of a family in Pyongyang, North Korea as their daughter Zin-mi prepares to join the Korean Children's Union on the Day of the Shining Star.

North Korea permitted only Mansky, cinematographer Alexandra Ivanova, and a sound assistant to visit the country. North Korean authorities objected to the film's screening after discovering that the film crew had smuggled unapproved footage. Under the Sun received mostly positive reviews from critics.

At the end of each day's shoot, authorities would review the footage and delete scenes they deemed unacceptable. To get around this censorship and record unscripted moments, Mansky allowed digital cameras to roll throughout the shoot even after North Korean handlers yelled "cut". 

The crew employed a recording system that recorded all footage on two separate memory cards. The crew submitted one of the memory cards to North Korean authorities for inspection and hid the other copy. According to producer Simone Baumann, "The camerawoman is very brave. She put [the memory card] in her trousers when she went to the toilet. They gave one of them to the North Koreans, and the second one they took with them." The film crew then smuggled the footage out of North Korea.

“Like Nazi and Soviet propaganda films, “Under the Sun” offers a vision of social perfection that comes at the expense of messy truth and human complexity. Although unintentionally funny throughout, its evocation of life in a totalitarian society is ultimately chilling. The happy picture the North Koreans struggle to present implies unfathomable depths of violence to the human spirit beneath its glossy surface.” - Godfrey Cheshire for Roger Ebert Reviews.

This film is screened as a collaboration between Kino ARMATA and DokuFest.

01.06.22
18:00
Cinematography Awards Ceremony
Awards Ceremony

You are invited to take part in the annual cinematography awards ceremony.

01.06.22
15:00
Animated Film Program / International Children’s Day
Film

In cooperation with the Municipality of Prishtina, the Embassy of France in Prishtina and the French Alliance in Prishtina, Kosovo, on the International Children's Day Kino ARMATA presents the program of animated films from the film database of IF (Institut Français). The films are suitable for all ages (especially for preschoolers and students in grades 1-5) and are dialogue free. Movie screening is FREE.

31.05.22
18:00
Britannica ELT School “Spelling Bee Competition 2022”
TalkCompetition

On the occasion of Children's Day, like every other year Britannica ELT School organizes the "Spelling Bee Competition 2022".

The participants of this competition are the students of Britannica ELT School.

This event is open to the parents and families of the participants, but also to others who want to watch our children perform.

28.05.22
19:30
Queer Film Night
FilmTalk
27.05.22
19:00
Oedipus Rex (1967)
Pasolini 101 FilmBookPoetry

Oedipus Rex (1967) / Country: Italy / Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini / Length: 104 min / Language: Italian / Subtitles: English, Albanian / Entrance: FREE 

Rescued from abandonment and raised by the King and Queen, Oedipus is still haunted by a prophecy--he'll murder his father and marry his mother.

26.05.22
19:00
Mamma Roma (1962)
Pasolini 101 Film

Mamma Roma (1962) / Country: Italy / Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini / Duration: 110 min / Language: Italian / Subtitles: English, Albanian / Entrance: FREE

Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in the great tradition of Italian neorealism, MAMMA ROMA offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy, and highlights director Pier Paolo Pasolini's lifelong fascination with the marginalized and dispossessed. Though banned upon its release in Italy for obscenity, today MAMMA ROMA remains a classic, featuring a powerhouse performance by one of cinema's greatest actresses and offering a glimpse at a country's most controversial director in the process of finding his style.

25.05.22
19:00
Accattone (1961)
Pasolini 101 Film

Accattone  (1961) / Country: Italy / Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini / Length: 117 min / Language: Italian / Subtitles: English, Albanian / Entrance: FREE 

"Accattone displays the marks of being obviously influenced by neo-realism: Pasolini uses real settings; shoots these settings in long takes; often uses the panoramic shot; employs non-professional actors; films what André Bazin calls “Images-faits” (“image facts”, whereby objects and people are filmed in such a way that their meaning becomes clear only after the fact, once compared to what came before and after the shot); and with all this realism something seems yet unnatural. Something more than reality is shown. What we see is reality to the power of two. Roland Barthes labelled this as “pseudo-natural.” Precisely, nature revisited by culture. What Paul Schrader called the Transcendental. Realism is stretched to encompass another kind of reality. As Marc Gervais suggests, contrary to many neo-realist films, in Accattone we immediately sense the presence of the filmmaker."

- Antonio D’Alfonso, OffScreen

24.05.22
19:30
The Hawks and The Sparrows (1966)
Pasolini 101 FilmTalk

The Hawks and Sparrows (1966) / Country: Italy / Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini / Length: 89 min / Language: Italian / Subtitles: English, Albanian / Entrance: FREE

"Pier Paolo Pasolini's 'The Hawks and the Sparrows' is a whimsical fantasy about Christianity and Marxism; the question is left open as to whether Pasolini believed in either, or neither. Not that it matters much, Pasolini seemed to say. Hawks still eat sparrows, not matter what a hawk is, or a sparrow."

-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

24.05.22
09:45
Green Debate Tournament Finals
Talk
20.05.22
16:00
TEDxRITKosovo
LectureTalk

TEDx RIT Kosovo is a student-organized event hosted by RIT Kosovo. Event curators, organizing team members, volunteers, and presenters all work on a volunteer basis and are not compensated.

The aim of this event is to share inspiring stories and ideas worth spreading from Kosovars who dare to act differently. With our theme “Dare to X”, we hope to inspire new generations of courageous and innovative minds to think outside the box and not let environmental and social constraints stop them. We hope to inspire our diverse community by sharing stories that showcase what it takes to dare to be different and leave the event-driven to improve our collective future creatively

18.05.22
11:00
Industrial policies - Framework of opportunities for economic transformation
Talk

Open discussion with students of the University of Prishtina on the new industrial policies of Kosovo

17.05.22
19:00
Great Freedom (2021)
Film

Great Freedom (2021) / Country: Austria, Germany / Director: Sebastian Meise / Duration: 116 min / Language: German / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

This film is screened as part of the Days of German Language 2022, in partnership with Embassies of Germany and Austria in Prishtina.

In post-war Germany, Hans (Franz Rogowski), a gay man, is caught in a continuous cycle of surveillance and incarceration as a result of paragraph 175, a law which criminalises homosexuality. After being ‘liberated’ by the Allied forces in 1945, Hans is transferred directly from a concentration camp to prison to finish out his sentence. There, he develops an unlikely bond with his cellmate Viktor (Georg Friedrich), a convicted murderer. As Hans returns to prison again and again over a period of three decades, a relationship that begins with revulsion blossoms into something far more tender between the men.

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes, and anchored by an exceptional performance from Franz Rogowski, Sebastian Meise’s Great Freedom is a searing depiction of love in the face of injustice. Meise’s determination to show history in all its stained reality has real power, a tense, moving portrait of masculinity struggling against the bounds of violence and punishment in which it is placed.

16.05.22
19:00
Sami, Joe und Ich (2020)
FilmTalk

Sami, Joe and I (2020) / Country: Switzerland / Director: Karin Heberlein / Duration: 94 min / Language: Swiss, German / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

Sami, Joe and Leyla are ready. Ready for a truly epic summer after finishing school and ready to get out and grab their slice of life. But what is to come, is diametrically opposed to their expectations and of a different magnitude then they anticipated. Determined to stand up for themselves, the three friends find out how right Leyla’s mom was when she told them: always keep more dreams in your soul than reality can destroy.

The film will be in original version, with English subtitles.

The screening will be followed by a discussion on the topic: "The Diaspora in Cinema: Promoting the Kosovo Image in German-Speaking Countries", with Astrit Alihajdaraj, actor and director based in Vienna, and Ilir Hasanaj, director based in Switzerland.

14.05.22
20:00
Four Pills At Night (2021)
FilmTalk

Four Pills at Night (2021) / Country: Kosovo / Director: Leart Rama / Duration: 25 min / Language: Albanian / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

First special screening in Prishtina of the short film "Four Pills at Night" directed by Leart Rama and produced by Nita Deda.

After the film screening, we will have a chance to have a short conversation with the director and the producer

Synopsis:

With a film to shoot in the near future, a director develops more than a professional bond with his actor. When they go together on a rave, things take an unexpected turn.

Delusion or truth, the two end up with no answers!

12.05.22
19:00
Andrei Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer (2019)
Film

Andrei Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer (2019) / Country: Italy / Director: Andrei A.Tarkovsky / Duration: 97 min / Language: Russian /  Subtitles: English, Albanian / Entrance: FREE

This film is screened as a collaboration between Kino ARMATA and DokuFest.

The life, art and inner world of Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky are explored through the words and images of the director himself in this simple and reverent tribute by the director's son, Andrei A. Andrei Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer consists of a rare archival treasure where we see for the first time audio recordings, photographs, film clips and behind-the-scenes footage of masterpieces such as The Mirror (1974), Ivan's Childhood (1962), Andrey Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), Stalker (1979) and Nostalghia (1983), revealing how these films were developed and realized. Most of the materials come from the archives of Tarkovsky's former apartment, now part of the Andrey Tarkovsky International Institute which is managed by Andrey A. Tarkovsky.

The documentary takes us on a spiritual journey where Andrey Tarkovsky talks about his early memories, his thoughts on cinema, discusses the importance of religion and spirituality, as well as artists who inspired him like Shakespeare, Bach and Tolstoy. Through rare recordings we are close to the director's deeply personal thoughts on topics like existence, death, religion and art.

11.05.22
19:00
Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2021 on Tour
Film

Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2021 on Tour at Kino ARMATA is a collaboration with Ars Electronica and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ars Electronica is a platform working at the intersection of art, technology and society through organizing exhibitions, educational programmes and research projects focused on the future of our societies. Founded in 1979 in Linz as a festival it has since expanded to include a laboratory and a museum dedicated to the study and promotion of media arts and digital culture.

Based on the computer animation category of the Prix Ars Electronica international competition, animated pictorial worlds have been a cornerstone of the Ars Electronica media art festival and have been discussed and presented in various forms ever since. Since 2005, the Ars Electronica Animation Festival has been bringing together a multifaceted program at the intersections of animation, art and technology.

The Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2021 on Tour screens a selection of outstanding films submitted to the Computer Animation category Prix Ars Electronica 2021. This tour was produced in collaboration and with special thanks to the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.

10.05.22
19:00
Music Klip Vol. 8
Music Klip VideoMusic

Kino ARMATA continues with a series of events that showcases music videos by various local and international artists, as part of a visual or thematic context. The events are monthly; the May episode is curated by Brilant Pireva, multidisciplinary artist. You will listen and see music clips from artists like Massive Attack, Tyler the Creator, The Streets, David Lynch, etc.

07.05.22
20:00
Frisson live performance screening at Kino ARMATA
VideoConcertMusic

Frisson is coming back with this EXCLUSIVE ONE TIME EVENT!

We are screening the "Self." live performance recorded on 05 March 2021 at Kino ARMATA.

This event is an opportunity for all of you who did not have a chance to attend the concert itself due to COVID restrictions at the time.

Gather your friends and join us on this special event!

05.05.22
19:00
Unfixed Place, Ambiguous Time / Vigan Nimani
Exhibition

A multidisciplinary exhibition in three parts, curated by Seda Yildiz.

Various locations in Prishtina: Kino ARMATA, Grand Hotel Prishtina, the artist's studio

Unfixed Place, Ambiguous Time unfolds as three separate exhibition parts and focuses on the multilayered artistic practice of Vigan Nimani (b.1981, Prishtina). It is a mode of presentation in which viewers are invited to navigate between urban landmarks of the city during three days, encompassed by paintings, music, drawings and photography.

Educated as a painter, Vigan Nimani played free improvisation & experimental music in the band Tetris, works as a cultural worker in Kino ARMATA foundation and runs a restaurant (an extension to his studio, housing some of his paintings). Since the early 2000s, he has been an active figure in shaping the local art and culture scene in Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo, which has been developed by the experimentation and self-organization of the inhabitants. Nimani's close relation to his hometown becomes evident in his artistic oeuvre too. This multidisciplinary exhibition, for the very first time, gathers paintings, drawings, sound and photographs to take a broader look into the artist's practice from the early 2010's to present.

The selection of the venues will also help to reveal the exhibition's thematic focus; the notion of time cultural memory. Kino ARMATA, a former cinema in "Yugoslav Army House', which was later used as United Nations headquarters, will host an audiovisual performance. Surrounded by paintings Nimani will play live without the separation of the audience from the stage. Grand Hotel Prishtina, a Modernist architectural landmark which will host rarely exhibited small paintings on wood and other surfaces. The artist's studio in the old town will be the meeting place to have a conversation and examine his modus operandì closely.

Vigan Nimani (b.1981, Prishtina) is a visual artist, musician and cultural worker based in Prishtina, Kosovo. Mainly working with painting, drawing and photography Nimani's practice deals with the notion of memory and past from a non-nostalgic, progressive point of view. His work, which is developed through fragmentations and abstraction, invites the viewer to actively engage in the meaning-making process of the past, at present.

Seda Yildiz (b. 1989, Istanbul) is an independent curator and art writer based in Hamburg. Her practice is inspired by thinking across disciplines including art, music, design, literature, cinema and activism. She is particularly interested to take part in process-oriented, open and experimental projects that foster collaboration and exchange which aims to reach a wider audience.

29.04.22
19:30
Working situation and trade union organization in Kosovo
FilmTalk
28.04.22
20:30
Il Grido (1957)
Antonioni 101 Film

Il Grido (1957) / Country: Italy / Director: Michelangelo Antonioni / Length: 116min. / Language: Italian / Subtitles: English,  Albanian / Entrance: FREE

In a rare male melodrama, a mechanic facing the end of an affair with a married woman wanders across the Italian countryside from the arms of one woman to another looking for satisfaction. Antonioni connects Italian neorealism with the director’s famous works of the 1960s.

28.04.22
16:30
Show & Tell: The Superstars Of Our Future
Talk

Closing ceremony of campaign #VAJZATNËTIK22
The ceremony will include several presentations and works of elementary school pupils, including music performances and cocktail.

27.04.22
20:30
Il Deserto Rosso (1964)
Antonioni 101 Film

Il Deserto Rosso (1964) / Country: Italy, France / Director: Michelangelo Antonioni / Length: 120 min. / Language: Italian / Subtitles: English, Albanian / Entrance: FREE

"In Red Desert, we are on Earth but also on some remote planet, in the present time but also (perhaps) the future. Artists of ideas like Antonioni—unrepentantly highbrow and serious—engage in a permanent gamble with the public: will they be judged pretentious for their pains? In Red Desert, it seems to me, all the cylinders are firing. One cannot miss its passion—or its pessimism. The movie is a beautiful, haunting, and complex meditation on the spiritual cost of modernity."

- Mark Le Fanu, The Criterion Collection

26.04.22
20:30
La Notte (1961)
Antonioni 101 Film

La Notte (1961) / Country: Italy / Director: Michelangelo Antonioni / Length: 122min. / Language: Italian / Subtitles: English, Albanian / Entrance: FREE

"Cinematic trilogies have been all the rage since Pagnol's in the early 30s. But possibly the most influential was the trio that made Antonioni's beautiful, sceptical, ironic muse Monica Vitti the art house pin-up of the 1960s and created a new Italian cinema – cool, oblique, Marxist – to succeed neorealism. It began with L'Avventura, roundly booed at Cannes in 1960 by critics who thought it obscure, and concluded in 1962 with L'Eclisse, which some thought too explicit. Antonioni never made anything better than La Notte, the centrepiece of the trilogy, superbly shot in black and white by Gianni Di Venanzo, the key cinematographer of his time."

- Philip French, The Guardian

25.04.22
20:30
L’Avventura (1960)
Antonioni 101 Film

L’avventura (1960) / Country: Italy / Director: Michelangelo Antonioni / Length: 144min. / Language: Italian / Subtitles: English,  Albanian / Entrance: FREE

Michelangelo Antonioni invented a new film grammar with this masterwork. An iconic piece of challenging 1960s cinema and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L’avventura concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her disaffected lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and best friend (Monica Vitti, in her breakout role). Antonioni’s controversial international sensation is a gorgeously shot tale of modern ennui and spiritual isolation.

23.04.22
14:00
Record Store Day 2022 at Kino ARMATA
Music

Kino ARMATA continues the tradition of marking Record Store Day, the event held twice annually since 2008 (on one Saturday every April and every Black Friday in November) to celebrate the collection of vinyls and support the independently owned record stores (unfortunately Kosovo has very few of those).

This will be an all-day event starting at 2 PM and will be held inside/outside Kino ARMATA; we invite you to bring your vinyls so that we spin, exchange, sell or even gift them to one another.

VINYL IS FOREVER!

22.04.22
21:00
“Vallja” from Agim Berisha / Album Promo
ConcertMusic

“Vallja” is the second album of Agim “Bass” Berisha, instrumental music of the ethno jazz, fusion and funk type. 

Instrumentalists:
Agim Berisha - bass guitar
Visar Kuçi - violin and guitar
Dukagjin “Dugi” Muhaxheri - saxophone
Muha Veseli - guitar
Besim Gashi “Babuka” - drums

20.04.22
19:00
Friday (1995)
Film

Friday (1995) / Country: United States / Director: F. Gary Gray / Duration: 91 min. / Language: English, Spanish / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

It's Friday and Craig Jones (Ice Cube) has just gotten fired for stealing cardboard boxes. To make matters worse, rent is due, he hates his overbearing girlfriend, Joi (Paula Jai Parker), and his best friend, Smokey (Chris Tucker), owes the local drug dealer money -- and that's all before lunch. As the hours drag on, Jones and Smokey experience the gamut of urban life, complete with crackheads, shoot-outs and overly sexual pastors, concentrated into one single, unbelievable Friday.

Friday marked the screenwriting debut of rapper-actor Ice Cube (along with DJ Pooh) and the feature directorial debut of music video director F. Gary Gray. While developing the film, Ice Cube and DJ Pooh expressed discontent regarding the portrayal of the hood in film, with films such as Boyz n the Hood (also starring Ice Cube) and Colors portraying the hood as violent and menacing. Ice Cube and DJ Pooh felt that these films did not portray the full picture of living in the hood, missing a more lighthearted element, with Ice Cube later saying, "we had fun in the hood. We used to trip off the neighborhood."

As a result, they wished to counteract this, drawing on personal experiences when crafting the characters and plot points. Preparations for the film began after the pair were able to secure funding from New Line Cinema, who granted finance in exchange for a seasoned comedian in one of the lead roles; Ice Cube and DJ Pooh quickly settled on Tucker during casting. 

The film was also a commercial success, grossing $27 million worldwide. It then obtained a large cult following, inspiring internet memes and pop-culture references. It launched a media franchise with the sequels Next Friday (2000) and Friday After Next (2002), which have also gained a cult following despite their negative reviews.

19.04.22
20:30
Honeyland (2019)
Film

Honeyland (2019) / Country: North Macedonia / Directors: Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska / Length: 85 min. / Language: Turkish / Subtitles: Albanian, English / Entrance: FREE

This film is screened as a collaboration between Kino ARMATA and DokuFest.

Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city – a mere four hours' walk away. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Hatidze optimistically meets the promise of change with an open heart, it doesn’t take long however, before a conflict evolves that exposes the fundamental tension between nature and humanity, harmony and discord, exploitation and sustainability.

The debut feature from documentarians Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, Honeyland is made with the widescreen sweep of an epic, yet clearly built from an intimate collaboration between filmmakers and subject. With a surprising sense of humor, it’s a tough and tender portrait of thee delicate balance between humankind and nature, an glimpse at a fast disappearing way of life, and an unforgettable testament to one extraordinary woman’s resilience.

Honeyland received numerous prizes at award shows in Europe and the United States. It was the only film to win three different awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. It was nominated for the Best International Feature Film as an entry from North Macedonia, and for the Best Documentary Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards 2020, making it the first documentary in history to receive a nomination in both categories.

14.04.22
17:00
Book promotion “Prishtinë, Muza Ime”
Book
13.04.22
19:00
Exquisite Corpse: Neo_School
Neo_School Film

“Exquisite Corpse: Neo_School"

TUTOR
Rouzbeh Rashidi

STUDENTS/ARTISTS
Kaltrina Berisha

Likana Cana

Laureta Hajrullahu

Kushtrim Haxha

Lulzim Hoti

Bhavini Joshi

Drilon Kurti

Panot Mahmutaj

Era Ramoja

Toska Salihu

Dita Shaqiri

Oresti Zeneli

Donart Zymberi

“Exquisite Corpse: Neo_School" is a collaborative film made by students of the Neo_School: Experimental & Personal Filmmaking educational module organized by Kino ARMATA between 1—6 March 2022, inspired by a poetry game the roots of which can be traced to the Surrealist/Dadaist Movement. The name "Exquisite Corpse" comes from a line of poetry created using this technique: "The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine."

Exquisite Corpse is played by several people, each of whom writes a word on a sheet of paper, folds the paper to conceal it, and passes it on to the next player for their contribution. In this case, students are contributing scenes of a film they made, aptly entitled Exquisite Corpse: Neo_School.

11.04.22
19:00
Notturno (2020)
Film

Notturno (2020) / Country: Italy, Germany, France / Director: Gianfranco Rosi / Length: 100 min / Language: Arabic, Kurdish / Subtitles: Albanian, English / Entrance: FREE

This film is screened as a collaboration between Kino ARMATA and DokuFest.

A group of female soldiers is shown standing guard, clearing empty buildings and relaxing in their barracks. A man in a small boat hunts for water fowl at night with the sound of machine gun fire in the distance. At a psychiatric hospital, a group of patients are given scripts to memorize for a play about the current state of their homeland and are shown rehearsing their parts. At a school, as a form of therapy, children draw graphic pictures of the war atrocities they witnessed and describe their experiences to their teacher.

Shot over the course of three years between Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan, and Lebanon, Notturno follows different people from areas near war zones in the Middle East who are trying to start over again with their everyday lives. The films conveys the Middle East as it emerges from Isis terror, but remaining scarred by the intervention of western powers who had promised so much.

Italian-American film-maker Gianfranco Rosi’s method of patient observation allows him to make poetic connections across borders; a military drill that takes place at dawn is juxtaposed with a group of grieving mothers who wander an empty prison in an orderly procession.

The film shows poetically what all people who live in war zones have in common: the loneliness, the alienation, the survivor-trauma. The film’s most powerful scenes are those that show a therapist working with children who have witnessed or experienced torture at the hands of Isis: they show this in their drawings.

Notturno had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on 8 September 2020. It was selected as the Italian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.

Gianfranco Rosi is an Italian-American documentary filmmaker. His 2013 film Sacro GRA won the Golden Lion at the 70th Venice Film Festival, while his 2016 film Fire at Sea won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin Film Festival.

10.04.22
16:00
Promotion of the documentary “Okarina e Runikut”
Book
08.04.22
15:00
TER TALKS - Academy
ConcertTalk

TER Talks mark 8 April, International Romani Day.

The event gathers people from the political spectrum and civil society, and tackles issues concerning the position of Roma and their cultural identity in Kosovo.

“Jimmy Band” will perform at the end of the event to be celebrated with a modest cocktail.

07.04.22
19:00
For Sama (2019)
Film

For Sama (2019) / Country: Syria, United Kingdom, United States / Directors: Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts / Length: 100 min / Language: Arabic, English / Subtitles: Albanian, English / Entrance: FREE

This film is screened as a collaboration between Kino ARMATA and DokuFest.

For Sama is a first-person account of exactly what it means to live smack-bang in the middle of an active war zone. Told squarely from a female perspective, it also offers a viewpoint rarely seen in films about conflict. The film was written and produced by the protagonist, Waad Al-Kateab, who also co-directed the film with Edward Watts. The film focuses on Waad Al-Kateab's journey as a journalist and rebel in the Syrian uprising.

When she first starts to aimlessly film her country’s ongoing conflict that steadily grows in violence and complexity, al-Kateab is an optimistic, 26-year-old student armed with nothing but a cell phone at Aleppo University, studying to earn a business degree in 2012.

But as hope gave way to chaos, destruction and crimes against humanity committed by the regime and its allies, options started to thin out; revolution seemed like a distant fantasy. And yet, instead of leaving like many, al-Kateab decided to stay behind and fight for the better future she believed in.

This is Syria in 2016, with the Assad regime, supported by the Russian air force, indiscriminately pummelling Aleppo, hitting houses and hospitals alike. Waad moved here as a student several years earlier, full of hope for change. “For such a long time we were sure we would win,” she declares, a belief shared by the fellow activists caught on Waad’s mobile-phone footage.

Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with an impossible choice– whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much. 

For Sama made history when it was nominated in four categories in the BAFTA awards, making it the most nominated documentary ever. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards. FOR SAMA was awarded the Prix L’Œil d’Or for Best Documentary at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

05.04.22
19:00
Music Klip Vol. 7
Music Klip VideoMusic

Kino ARMATA continues with a series of events that showcases music videos by various local and international artists, as part of a visual or thematic context. The events are monthly; the April episode is curated by Tesa Kabashi. You will listen and see music clips from artists like Beck, Janet Jackson, King Krule, Gary Numan, Busta Rhymes, Pet Shop Boys, etc.

04.04.22
14:00
Dealing in facts - How to counter fake news?
Talk

‘Dealing in facts: How to counter malign foreign influences’

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in Kosovo, in partnership with Internews Kosova and FindBug will mark International Fact-Checking Day with an in-person and webinar conference that brings together journalists, media professionals, media regulators and self-regulators, as well as media and technology experts, to discuss the risks of malign influences, particularly those from powerful countries such as China, Russia and Turkey. In addition, the conference will discuss the ever-growing need for robust fact-checking. The overall theme of the discussions will be ‘Dealing in facts: How to counter malign foreign influences’. 

(14:00 – 14:10)
Opening remarks - Jeta Xharra, BIRN Executive Director

(14:10 – 15:00)
PANEL 1: How to counter malign foreign influences — lessons from the world

Moderated by Jeta Xharra, BIRN Executive Director

Panelists:
- Enock Nyariki, IFCN Community and Impact Manager
- Jasna Jelisić, Head of the Western Balkans Task Force in the EEAS Strategic Communication and Information Analysis Division
- Rainer Schüller, Der Standard, Austria
- Ed Vulliamy, The Guardian/Observer
- Svitlana Slipchenko, acting head of VoxCheck, VOX Ukraine (IFCN member in Ukraine)

(15:00 - 16:00)
PANEL 2: How to counter malign foreign influences — lessons from the Western Balkans

Moderated by Besa Luci, Kosovo 2.0 Executive Director 

Panelists:
- Tijana Cvjetićanin, Raskrivanje.ba and IFCN Board Member
- Ivan Angelovski, BIRN Regional Investigative Editor and CBC Canada Associate Producer
- Filip Stojanovski, Metamorphosis Director and certified fact-checker in North Macedonia 
- Kreshnik Gashi, Krypometër, IFCN certified fact-checker, Kosovo

(16:15 - 17:45)
PANEL 3: How to counter malign foreign influences — lessons from Kosovo

Moderated by: Kreshnik Gashi, Krypometër, IFCN certified fact-checker, Kosovo

Panelists:
- Flaka Surroi, Koha Ditore
- Afërdita Saraçini, RTV 21 
- Shkumbin Ahmetxhekaj, RTK 
- Tatjana Lazarević, KOSSEV 
- Gentian Lluka, Telegrafi 

(17:45 - 18:00) – Closing remarks and conclusions

Cocktail and drinks at Kino ARMATA

01.04.22
12:00
10th Anniversary of the National Autism Association in Kosovo
Talk
31.03.22
19:00
The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)
SJÖSTRÖM 101 Film

The Outlaw and His Wife (1918) / Country: Sweden / Director: Victor Sjöström / Duration: 72 min / Language: Swedish/ Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

A mysterious stranger comes to work at Halla’s farm and the two fall in love. When it is exposed that the stranger is Eyvind, a known thief forced into his life of crime by his family’s starvation, the two go on the run.


The Outlaw and His Wife was produced during a renaissance in the Swedish film industry between 1916 and 1918 when the production company Svenska Biografteatern (it later became Svensk Filmindustri) decided to focus on quality over quantity. The studio reduced its yearly production schedule of around 26 films to five or less.


Sjöström brought a psychological realism to the acting in The Outlaw and His Wife that gave it an intimacy and honesty lacking in many silent melodramas. Sjöström revealed the inner emotional state of his protagonists through subtle but revealing close-ups or their interaction in both claustrophobic and wide-open spaces. Another major strength was his decision to film the outdoor scenes on location, lending an authentic sense of place and time to the action.

29.03.22
19:00
The Wind (1928)
SJÖSTRÖM 101 Film

The Wind (1928) / Country: Sweden / Director: Victor Sjöström / Duration: 95 min / Language: Swedish / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

When Letty Mason relocates to West Texas, she finds herself unsettled by the ever-present wind and sand. Arriving at her new home at the ranch of her cousin, Beverly, she receives a surprisingly cold welcome from his wife, Cora. Soon tensions in the family and unwanted attention from a trio of suitors, including neighbor Lige Hightower, leave Letty increasingly disturbed, resulting in tragedy. An intensely-told, psychological drama, The Wind is considered to be a classic, and one of Gish's most brilliant performances.


The film's main themes were the violating penetration of the wind, a woman's innate fear of assaultive and corruptible men (symbolized by the aggressive and violent wind in nature), the metaphor of the fantasized image of a stampeding, wild white stallion tied to the cruel norther' wind, and the vanquishing of feminine fears leading to ultimate freedom.

28.03.22
19:00
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
SJÖSTRÖM 101 Film

The Phantom Carriage (1921) / Country: / Director: / Duration: min / Language: / Subtitles: / Entrance: FREE

The last person to die on New Year’s Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death’s chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year. So says the legend that drives The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen), directed by the father of Swedish cinema, Victor Sjöström. The story, based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, concerns an alcoholic, abusive ne’er-do-well (Sjöström himself) who is shown the error of his ways, and the pure-of-heart Salvation Army sister who believes in his redemption. This extraordinarily rich and innovative silent classic (which inspired Ingmar Bergman to make movies) is a Dickensian ghost story and a deeply moving morality tale, as well as a showcase for groundbreaking special effects.


In technical terms the film set new standards and was an all-round success. Ingmar Bergman regularly watched The Phantom Carriage every summer at his private cinema on Fårö: “My relationship with The Phantom Carriage is very special. I was 15 years old when I saw it for the first time. I remember it as one of the major emotional and artistic experiences of my life.”


In 1957 Ingmar Bergman repaid his indebtedness to Sjöström by giving him the main part in Wild Strawberries, which alongside The Phantom Carriage is the for film which Sjöström is best remembered. Bergman adapted the role specially for the great man, whose first inclination was to decline a part he thought too difficult to play.

 

23.03.22
19:00
The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (2020)
Film

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (2020) / Country: Ukraine / Director: Iryna Tsilyk / Duration: 74 min / Language: Ukranian, Russian / Subtitles: Albanian, English / Entrance: FREE

Kino ARMATA and DokuFest begin special screenings of Ukrainian movies with the proceeds from donations going toward support of Ukrainian filmmakers and film practitioners that are directly in danger due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. Our hearts are with our wonderful filmmaker friends/colleagues in Ukraine who are under siege in the face of Putin's war against their nation.


We start the series with the multi-awarded documentary “The Earth Is Blue as an Orange” (2020), an exquisitely shot and bold film in its metastorytelling approach, in which director Iryna Tsilyk’s follows single mother Anna and her four children as they document their lives under siege in Ukraine.


SYNOPSIS
Eldest daughter Mira dreams of becoming a cinematographer. As bombs descend on neighboring homes, the family construct, act in, and edit stylized scenes of dangerous predicaments they’ve lived to tell. Mira’s re-creations ratchet up the drama, using local soldiers, tanks, and even her own grandmother to tell terrifying tales of survival. Meanwhile, Iryna quietly captures their more quotidian moments during their shoots and in between takes—scenes that include Mira’s siblings squabbling over line readings, cozy dinners by the fire, and Anna’s compassionate gaze as she watches Mira apply to film school.


Eventually, the two projects fuse into a single vision that gorgeously encapsulates the extremes of war, both its explosive trauma and its mundane peripheral existence in everyday life. With miraculous insight, The Earth Is Blue as an Orange observes a family—and a filmmaker—cope with war using their cameras, working in tandem to create meaning out of a meaningless conflict.


ABOUT IRYNA TSILYK
Iryna Tsilyk (born in 1982 in Kyiv) is a Ukrainian filmmaker and writer and is the author and director of several short fiction and documentary films. The Earth Is Blue as an Orange is her debut feature-length documentary. Moreover, Tsilyk is the author of eight books published in Ukraine (which include poetry, prose, and children’s books).

22.03.22
18:00
World Water Day
Talk

Every year on the 22nd of March, the world marks the day of one of the most valuable resources: WATER. This transparent liquid to which humans are profoundly dependable yet is taken for granted. Bottled. Polluted. Wasted. Imprisoned into pipes and channels. Contaminated.


One of the most lively vessels of water are the rivers, and Shar Mountain is home to some of the most beautiful ones. In the last 4 years, these pristine rivers have been subject to unlawful destruction in the name of ‘green’ energy production.


This year, we will mark this day by discussing the impact of these constructions, the violations, the legal framework of Kosovo on renewable energy; findings of experts will be presented; we will promote the publication “Rivers of Shar” and display the photographs, essays and a poem submitted to our contest which was open last year as part of our Rivers of Shar project which was supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Kosovo.


Guest speakers:
● Olsi Nika (Hydrobiologist): Assessment of the Environmental Impact of Hydropower in Shar National Park
● Donika Çeta (legal expert at the Center for Strategic Litigations - GLPS): Legal Aspects and the Case of Mini Hydropower plants in Shtërpcë/Štrpce, Dečane/Deçan, Kačanik/Kaçanik
● Representative of the organisation for environmental protection “Gjethi”: The case of hydropower plants in Kaçanik
● Afrim Lajçi (Advisor at the Interministerial Committee for Water) & Naser Afizi (Head of the Regional Water Basin Authority): Findings and recommendations of the Report of the Working Group for the Review of the Administrative Procedures Implemented for Hydropower Plants and Their Impact on Water and the Environment


The event will be in three languages: Albanian, Serbian, and English.

21.03.22
18:00
Premiere of the film “SHARING”
Film
20.03.22
19:00
Molière (2007)
Week of Francophonie Film

Molière (2007) / Country: France / Director: Laurent Tirard / Duration: 120 min / Language: French / Subtitles: Albanian, English / Entrance: FREE

In 17th-century France, playwright and actor Molière (Romain Duris) has his debts paid off by Monsieur Jourdain (Fabrice Luchini), freeing him from debtors prison. In return, Jourdain asks for acting lessons so he can win the heart of the beautiful widow Célimène (Ludivine Sagnier) by performing a short play for her. Presented to Jourdain's family as the priest Tartuffe, Molière begins to fall in love with Monsieur Jourdain's disregarded wife, Elmire (Laura Morante).


The story is mostly fictional and many scenes follow actual scenes and text in Molière's plays including Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope, Le Malade Imaginaire and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, whose principal character is also named Jourdain. It is implied that these "actual" events in his life inspired the plays of his maturity.

19.03.22
19:00
Si Le Vent Tombe (2020)
Week of Francophonie Film

Si Le Vent Tombe (2020) / Country: France, Armenia, Belgium / Director: Nora Martirosyan / Duration: 100 min / Language: French, Armenian / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

Alain, an international engineer, is tasked with the assessment of an airport in a Caucasus breakaway Republic in order to authorize the opening of the airport to international air traffic. Meanwhile, the young local boy Edgar engages in all sorts of trades in the Airport vicinity. After meeting the kid and the local population, Edgar will discover this enclaved land and take many risks in order to assist the country in opening itself to the world.

18.03.22
18:00
ENTROPY Fest - Environmental Festival for Joint Prosperity (OPENING NIGHT)
DocumentaryTalk

ENTROPY FEST - Environmental Festival for Joint Prosperity is a multimedia event taking place in Prishtina, aiming to raise awareness in Kosovo about Food Waste and Climate Action. ♻️🌍


Fondacioni Jeshil
HumanRightivism
Embassy of Sweden in Pristina
Community Development Fund - CDF
Kino ARMATA


ENTROPY Fest is organized within the initiative "Let's Talk About Food Waste" which aims to initiate a public dialogue led by the community and other stakeholders in Kosovo on the socio-economic, political and environmental impacts of Food Waste and pilot solutions innovative for this problem.


"Let's Talk About Food Waste" initiative is implemented by Fondacioni Jeshil as part of the consortium of the HumanRightivism project which is supported by the Swedish Government and managed by the Community Development Fund (CDF).

17.03.22
19:00
Biber in Prishtina
ExhibitionTalk
16.03.22
19:00
The Last Sentence (2012)
Sweden 101 Film

The Last Sentence (2012) / Country: Sweden / Director: Jan Troell / Duration: 126 min / Language: Swedish / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

The story of journalist Torgny Segerstedt, who was a prominent critic of Hitler and the Nazis during a period when the Swedish government and the monarch aimed to maintain Sweden's neutrality and avoid tensions with Germany. Torgny was one of the leading journalists in Sweden in the 20th century. He fought a single battle against Hitler and the Nazi regime until his death in 1945 and during these turbulent times his private life was marked by a world in chaos as he falls in love with his friend's wife while he was married himself.


The Last Sentence combines the story of a psychological love story with the political situation in which Sweden found itself during World War II. A fascinating, dramatic and poetic tale about a man who could not be silenced.

16.03.22
16:00
Meeting with the Creative Industry Community
Talk

 The Ministry of Culture continues their series of open discussions on culture with Minister Hajrullah Çeku and local artistic communities.

These meetings intend to address common challenges and strengthen the role of the local communities in the development of policy.

This discussion will be focused on creative industries community and will be held on 16.03.2022, 16:00 in Kino Armata, Prishtina.

15.03.22
19:00
Behind Blue Skies (2010)
Sweden 101 Film

Behind Blue Skies (2010) / Country: Sweden / Director: Hannes Holm / Duration: 110 min. / Language: Swedish / Subtitles: English / Entrance: FREE

Martini is a young boy who is going through adolescence. He is not happy in his house and decides to run away. He gets a summer job at a hotel where his manager begins to show Martin another reality. Martini meets the love of his life at the same time as he is taken under the wing of the yacht club restaurant chief, a playboy at the center of Swedish society. But hiding behind the stunning façade in the archipelago's idyllic setting is a much darker reality. Before Martin really realises what is happening, he finds himself in the middle of one of the biggest scandals in Swedish crime history. 

An emotional narrative about the fragility of adolescence, director Hannes Holm portrays the idealism and nostalgia of the 1970s. Behind Blue Skies was an official selection at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

14.03.22
19:00
Amateurs (2018)
Sweden 101 Film

Amateurs (2018) / Country: Sweden / Director: Dea Gjinovci / Length: 74 min / Language: Swedish, Albanian / Subtitles: Albanian, English / Entrance: FREE

A council initiative to create a promotional video for the small Swedish industrial town of Lafors prompts two teenage schoolgirls to create their own rival project. But while the council’s puff piece tries to airbrush out any hint of poverty and remove any non-white people from the frame, the phone footage opus created by Aida (Zahraa Aldoujaili) and Dana (Yara Aliadotter) captures the true spirit of the community, for better and for worse. Gabriela Pichler’s sophomore feature (following 2012’s Eat Sleep Die) is a feisty delight, combining fizzing energy with finely-crafted characters and a light-footed approach.

11.03.22
10:00
MASTERCLASS: Dea Gjinovci / What role does writing play in documentaries?
Lecture

In this masterclass, Dea Gjinovci, director of Wake Up on Mars (Tribeca Film Festival 2020) will explore how she came to write, re-write, and re-imagine Wake Up on Mars.
From her first notes and ideas, to her treatment and to the editing phase, when the "real writing" starts. In the masterclass, she will first introduce how she prepared and used writing as a tool to project her visual and narrative inspirations. Using excerpts of her film, she will take you through the "writing" of certain key scenes from her film, then also contrast them with the initial treatment she wrote.


The last part of the masterclass will be dedicated to "how to write a treatment for international film funds?", giving specific tips and guidance to get grant funding.


DEA GJINOVCI / BIOGRAPHY


Dea Gjinovci is a Swiss-Albanian director-producer based in between Paris and Geneva. She is currently a resident at UnionDocs in NYC and participated in the 2021 EsoDoc lab, the 2019 Sundance Talent Forum and is a 2019 Film Independent Fellow. Her award-winning documentary short 'Sans le Kosovo' won Best National Film at Dokufest in 2017. Her debut feature-length documentary ‘Wake Up on Mars’ was co-produced by the Radio Télévision Suisse with the participation of France Télévisions and received support from the Sundance Film Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Doha Film Institute, XTR and was awarded the RTS pitch prize at Visions du Réel 2018. It premiered at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and Visions du Réel in Switzerland, and was selected in more than forty international festivals. She was awarded "Best New Talent" mention at Biografilm Festival 2020 and at ZagrebDox 2021. “Wake Up on Mars” was also nominated for the prestigious "Prix de Soleure" and "Opera Prima" awards at Solothurner Tage 2021. In 2022, it was nominated for Best Documentary at the Swiss Film Awards. As a producer, her most recent projects were pitched at the Sheffield Meet Market, IFP/Gotham Week, Medimed, Edinburgh Pitch, Sunny Side and the Holland Film Meeting. Dea holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics from SOAS (University of London) and a Master in Ethnographic and Documentary Film from UCL (University of London). She speaks four languages: French, English, Italian and Albanian.

10.03.22
19:00
Wake Up On Mars (2020)
Film

Wake Up On Mars (2020) / Country: Switzerland / Director: Dea Gjinovci / Length: 74 min / Language: Swedish, Albanian / Subtitles: Albanian, English / Entrance: FREE

10-year-old Furkan dreams of building a spaceship out of old scrap and escaping from the world of adults. His Muslim Roma family from Kosovo has ended up in Sweden, where they desperately try to obtain asylum after a first rejection. The endless tragedy has sent Furkan’s two young sisters into a mysterious and years-long coma called resignation syndrome. Out in the woods, where the pine trees stretch toward the same sky that he dreams of disappearing into, Furkan continues to build his spaceship while the family try to keep their hopes up. A poetic yet heartbreaking fairy tale where documentary reality meets magic realism.

Dea Gjinovci is a Swiss-Albanian director-producer based in between Paris and Geneva. She is currently a resident at UnionDocs in NYC and participated in the 2021 EsoDoc lab, the 2019 Sundance Talent Forum and is a 2019 Film Independent Fellow. Her award-winning documentary short 'Sans le Kosovo' won Best National Film at Dokufest in 2017. Her debut feature-length documentary ‘Wake Up on Mars’ was co-produced by the Radio Télévision Suisse with the participation of France Télévisions and received support from the Sundance Film Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Doha Film Institute, XTR and was awarded the RTS pitch prize at Visions du Réel 2018. It premiered at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and Visions du Réel in Switzerland, and was selected in more than forty international festivals. She was awarded "Best New Talent" mention at Biografilm Festival 2020 and at ZagrebDox 2021. “Wake Up on Mars” was also nominated for the prestigious "Prix de Soleure" and "Opera Prima" awards at Solothurner Tage 2021. In 2022, it was nominated for Best Documentary at the Swiss Film Awards. As a producer, her most recent projects were pitched at the Sheffield Meet Market, IFP/Gotham Week, Medimed, Edinburgh Pitch, Sunny Side and the Holland Film Meeting. Dea holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics from SOAS (University of London) and a Master in Ethnographic and Documentary Film from UCL (University of London). She speaks four languages: French, English, Italian and Albanian.

10.03.22
16:00
Meeting with the Independent Music Scene
Talk

The Ministry of Culture continues their series of open discussions on culture with Minister Hajrullah Çeku and local artistic communities.

These meetings intend to address common challenges and strengthen the role of the local communities in the development of policy.

This discussion will be focused on the music scene and will be held on 10.03.2022, 16:00 in Kino Armata, Prishtina.

09.03.22
19:00
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
French New Wave 101 Film

Pierrot le Fou (1965) / Country: France / Director: Jean-Luc Godard / Length: 110 min. / Language: French / Subtitles: Albanian, English / Entrance: FREE

On Wednesday, 9 March 2022, at 19:00 we are screening Jean-Luc Godard's 1965 classic "Pierrot Le Fou. Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeoisie behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard's tenth feature in six years is a stylish mash-up of consumerist satire, politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, "the last romantic couple." With blissful color imagery by cinematographer Raoul Coutard and Belmondo and Karina at their most animated, Pierrot le Fou is one of the high points of the French New Wave, and was Godard's last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema.

Jean-Luc Godard (born 1930) is a Franco-Swiss filmmaker and a leading member of the "French New Wave”. Known for stylistic innovations that challenged the conventions of Hollywood cinema, he is universally recognized as the most audacious, radical, as well as the most influential of the Nouvelle Vague filmmakers. His work reflects a fervent knowledge of film history, a comprehensive understanding of existential and Marxist philosophy, and a profound insight into the fragility of human relationships.

07.03.22
20:00
Music Klip Vol. 6
Music Klip Video

Kino ARMATA continues with a series of events that showcases music videos by various local and international artists, as part of a visual or thematic context. The events are monthly; the March episode is curated by Miranda Mehmeti, social worker. You will listen and see music clips from artists like Cabaret Voltaire, Devo, Depeche Mode, Clan of Xymox, etc.

06.03.22
20:00
Exquisite Corpse: Neo_School / Film Premiere
Neo_School Film

Kino ARMATA
Sunday, 6 March 2022, 20:00h

FILM PREMIERE
“Exquisite Corpse: Neo_School"

TUTOR
Rouzbeh Rashidi

STUDENTS/ARTISTS
Kaltrina Berisha

Likana Cana

Laureta Hajrullahu

Kushtrim Haxha

Lulzim Hoti

Bhavini Joshi

Drilon Kurti

Panot Mahmutaj

Era Ramoja

Toska Salihu

Dita Shaqiri

Oresti Zeneli

Donart Zymberi

“Exquisite Corpse: Neo_School" is a collaborative film made by students of the Neo_School: Experimental & Personal Filmmaking educational module organized by Kino ARMATA between 1—6 March 2022, inspired by a poetry game the roots of which can be traced to the Surrealist/Dadaist Movement. The name "Exquisite Corpse" comes from a line of poetry created using this technique: "The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine."

Exquisite Corpse is played by several people, each of whom writes a word on a sheet of paper, folds the paper to conceal it, and passes it on to the next player for their contribution. In this case, students are contributing scenes of a film they made, aptly entitled Exquisite Corpse: Neo_School.