WORLD PREMIERE TIFF 2019
KOSOVO'S OFFICIAL ENTRY FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE IN 2020 OSCARS
"Haunting...classy psychological drama"
"Overwhelming emotional experience"
“Astute…unflinching… impressive debut"
"Gripping... fresh, visceral and vital"
A Film By Antoneta Kastrati
Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2019 World Premiere, Portland Film Festival 2019, Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival 2020 Award Buzz Best International Feature Film, Trieste Int'l Film Festival 2020, Goteborg Int'l Film Festival 2020, Crossing Europe Int'l Film Festival, 2020 San Francisco Int'l Film Festival, Glasgow Int'l Film Festival 2020, Vilnius Int'l Film Festival 2020, goEast Int'f Ilm Festival 3Sat Acquisition Award, EFP Sydney Int'l Film Festival 2020 Jury Grand Prize SEEfest 2020, New Zealand Int'l Film Festival 2020, Shanghai Int'l Film Festival 2020, Best Actress Fantaspoa 2020, Sarajevo Film Festival 2020, Seoul Women's Int'l Film Festival 2020, Best Feature Film Tirana 2020, Haifa Film Festival 2020, Tetova Int'l Film Festival 2020
An Albanian woman, Lume, lives with her husband, Ilir, and mother-in-law, Remzije, in their small Kosovar village. Haunted by night terrors, childless and unable to get pregnant, Lume is relentlessly pressured by Remzije to fulfill her wifely duties - if Lume cannot produce a child, her mother-in-law threatens, it will be Remzije's responsibility to bring in a younger and more eager prospective wife for her son to consider.
Bowing under the pressure of being replaced, Lume concedes to abandon modern medicine and seek the help of witch doctors and mystic healers to treat her infertility. Lume's appointments, first to a local witch doctor and then to a famed (and costly) televangelist healer, do seem to yield results as Lume finds herself pregnant at last. But while the family celebrates, Lume's long-suppressed traumas from the war slowly rise to torment her again, convincing Remzije and Ilir that Lume is possessed by evil spirits, and extreme caution must be taken to protect the unborn child.