A Shelter Among The Clouds


Can we respect other people’s faith if we fail to deal humanely with the people closest to us?

'A potent, if pointed, commentary on people who “love God, but can’t seem to love each other.”'

'Slow-burning but visually arresting, this film evocatively captures the collision between tradition and modernity; and the schisms between the uneasily coexisting cultures.'

'The mountain backdrop and the lives that the villagers carve out of it are exquisitely photographed, and for this and more, the picture is likely to find an audience on the festival circuit after its premiere at the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn.'



Besnik is a lonely shepherd and devoted Muslim, haunted by unfulfilled love. He is the son of a Catholic mother and formerly Communist father whom he takes care of in an Albanian village in the mountains. Up here, Christians and Muslims have found a way to co-exist peacefully. Even after the discovery that the old mosque used to be a church and that the building was actually shared by the two religions in the past, the calm of daily life can be preserved - with Besnik's help. After the death of his father, however, drastic changes threaten Besnik's multi-faith family and the shepherd is forced to seek his own path.



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Director: Robert Budina
Genre: Drama, Romance
Original title: Streha mes reve
English title: A Shelter Among The Clouds
Country of production: Albania, Romania
Year of production: 2018
Length: 83 min.
Color: colour
Screening format: DCP 2K (2048x858) (1:2,39; 5.1, un-encrypted)
Original language: Albanian

Subtitles: English
Cast: Arben Bajraktaraj, Esela Pysqyli, Irena Cahani, Bruno Shllaku, Osman Ahmeti
Scriptwriter: Robert Budina
Director of photography: Marius Panduru
Editor: Ștefan Tatu
Sound design: Marius Leftărache
Music: Marius Leftărache
Producers: Sabina Kodra, Cristian Nicolescu
Production company: Erafilm, Digital Cube Romania
Supported by: CNC Albania

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Festivals / Awards

Tallinn Black Nights FF, Estonia – Official Selection – World Premiere
A l’Est, du Nouveau, France
Fajr IFF, Iran
Transilvania IFF, Romania
Valetta FF, Malta - Best Fiction Film Award, Cinema of Small Nations Competition
Manarat IFF, Tunisia
PriFest, Kosovo - Best Balkan Film, Best Actor, Best Actress
!F Istanbul, Turkey
Palestine Cinema Days, Palestine
Mostra de València – Cinema del Mediterrani Film Festival, Spain
Calgary European FF, Canada
Vision Mediterranean IFF, Italy
Arras IFF, France
Arka IFF, Poland
Lab 80 Film SC, Italy
Romanian FF, U.S.A
CANA FF, Singapore



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