Looking for Venera

Calm, taciturn teenager Venera lives in a small village in Kosovo. At home, three generations are constantly under one another’s feet in their cramped house, so she has hardly any privacy. Outside too, on the streets and in the café, it’s not much better: the village is small and there’s always a brother, nephew or neighbour keeping a beady eye on her. A girl is expected above all else to protect her good reputation – and that of her family. All of which makes it difficult for Venera to go her own way. Her spirits are lifted when she makes friends with rebellious Dorina, who already has a boyfriend. The two girls go out having fun together, as far as Venera’s father allows. One thing they know for sure: they don’t want to end up like their mothers. “I’ve never even seen my parents kiss”, Venera says. In her sensitive, subtle feature debut, Norika Sefa portrays with a great eye for detail how a modern girl grows up in traditional, strictly hierarchical surroundings. But how can Venera make her own choices if there isn’t really much to choose from? The distinctive soundtrack and delicate, observational camerawork add a documentary feel to this intimate coming-of-age story. While Venera’s hunger for freedom only grows, she sees Dorina give in to the demands of her family. Now, she must choose for herself.

Ne Kërkim të Venerës

AL 2021, 111 Min., FSK ab Jahren, OV
Norika Sefa
Norika SEFA is a Prague-based Kosovan filmmaker. She holds a master’s degree from FAMU in Prague. In her films, she often merges fiction and documentary. Sefa directed the short Desde arriba (2020) under the guidance of Werner Herzog. Looking for Venera (2021) is her debut feature, with its world premiere at IFFR.
Ne Kërkim të Venerës

AL 2021, 111 Min., FSK ab Jahren, OV
Norika Sefa
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