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Looking for Venera

Original title: Ne kerkim te Veneres
German title: Looking for Venera
Kosova, North Macedonia, 2021

Director: Sefa, Norika
Production company: Circle Production
Co-producers: Nutprodukce, Audiohaus
Age recommendation: 14 years and up
Length: 111 min.
Film genre: Feature film

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.

Rotterdam IFF 2021 (awarded), Sarajevo IFF 2021, Trieste IFF 2021 (awarded), Split IFF 2022 (special mention), Tarkovsky IFF 2022, Cinema Jove IFF Valencia 2022 (awarded), Pula IFF 2022

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