19th September 2020



Italian contest

Brief Synopsis:

The film recounts a turbulent year, 1997 in Albania, through the stories of a group of friends. On the thread of memories, real images, archive images and staging will alternate to draw a portrait of a generation, before, during and after the events that marked their lives. The film goes beyond the chronicle, allowing the viewer to get closer and deeper into the lives of the protagonists, making them relive their past on screen. It is a film with semi-documentary tones, which help to bring the narrated facts back to the reality of our days.


Directed by: Erald Dika
Production: ZeLIG
Producer: Heidi Gronauer, Lorenzo Paccagnella
Editing: Erald Dika
Cinematography: Simone Endrizzi
Running time: 80’
Country: Italy
Year: 2020
Contacts: ZeLIG │

Director’s note:

In 1997 I was 9 years old, and today, 22 years later, I realized that little by little the memories of that year’s events are fading away.
During the research I decided to meet my childhood friends to ask them what they remember. My friends like me have fragmentary memories of the events, so, talking with them through journeys in their childhood, I try to reconstruct a memory that each of us keeps only in part trying to make it become shared heritage. To find out if this event has influenced in any way the life of all of us, at the time teenagers, and to understand if today we see remnants of those events in Albanian society. A non-fiction with a present made of interviews, with the memories of friends, and filmed on historical places. The memories, reflections, judgements, which also concern Albanians, Albanian politicians and their acting as politicians, also unclear. And a past made of recreations of events lost in memory where there are no archive images to present and represent the life of adolescence.
Erald Dika