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"Haunting...classy psychological drama"
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"Overwhelming emotional experience"
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“Astute…unflinching… impressive debut"
Screen Daily
"Gripping... fresh, visceral and vital"
Time Out

ZANA

A Film By Antoneta Kastrati
 
Haunted by her long suppressed past and pressured by family to seek treatment from mystical healers for her infertility, a Kosovar woman struggles to reconcile the expectations of motherhood with a legacy of wartime brutality.

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SYNOPSIS

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.

 

PRESS

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Are Women Directors on the Verge of an Oscar Breakthrough?

Steve Pond

THE WRAP

"Astute... Unflinching... Impressive debut"

Wendy Ide

SCREEN DAILY

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"Convincingly Emotional and Tender"

Vassilis Economou

CINEUROPA

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"Convincingly Emotional and Tender"

Vassilis Economou

CINEUROPA

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"Convincingly Emotional and Tender"

Vassilis Economou

CINEUROPA

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"Overwhelming emotional experience"

Dana Reinoos

CINEMA SCOPE

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"Overwhelming emotional experience"

Dana Reinoos

CINEMA SCOPE

Zana Final Stills_1.4.1.jpg
"Overwhelming emotional experience"

Dana Reinoos

CINEMA SCOPE

TIFF 2019 Women Directors: Meet Antoneta Kastrati – “Zana”

Jenna Dorsi

WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD

Oscars: Kosovo Selects 'Zana' for International Feature Film Category

Nick Holdsworth

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 
TIFF 2019 Women Directors: Meet Antoneta Kastrati – “Zana”

Jenna Dorsi

WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD

Oscars: Kosovo Selects 'Zana' for International Feature Film Category

Nick Holdsworth

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

 

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