One of the most respected Albanian filmmakers Luli Bitri is honored with the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award at the New York Albanian Film Week Festival that took place on May 26-29 at Sva Theatre and Producers’ Club Theatre.
“Few films are as beautifully crafted as Luli Bitri’s ‘Water For The Roses’, it whispers to our hearts and opens up our emotions in a way that is at first subtle, then gradually profound. While many of this year’s selections were blunt masculine tales, Water For The Roses had a distinctive feminine touch that was refreshing.
We encounter three generations of women, following them through the eyes of a young girl who is uprooted from her home and her trusty dog. As she settles in with her mother who has just given birth, the lingering shadows of masculine conflict invade her feminine haven. Her grandmother, who has seen all that life has to offer, closes out the film with one of the most profound and powerful acts of symbolism in the entire festival.
From its color palette to it’s feminine feel, and powerful symbolism Water for the Roses was a superbly crafted delight,” stated Jamal Hodge, Jury Member of New York Albanian Film Week.
Artistic Achievement is a Special Award presented at the 6th edition of New York Albanian Film Week in recognition of a filmmaker’s contribution to cinema. The Outstanding Artistic Achievement Awards recognize notable Albanians whose accomplishments in the field of the arts have inspired and enriched the cultural life of their country. This year NYAFW awarded two outstanding filmmakers Luli Bitri and Jotti Ejlli with Outstanding Artistic Achievement Awards.
The four-night event is hosted by Enkelejd Mezini and Ermira Babamusta. The festival is organized by Mrika Krasniqi and Nil Production. The Jury members are: Fatrin Krajka, Jamal Hodge, Lulzim Guhelli, Diar Xani and Amina Zhaman. Lulzim Guhelli led the festival jury as the Jury President for its 6th edition.
Luli Bitri began her international career with the 2007 film Father and Godfather, directed by Dhimitër Anagnosti, the 2009 film Alive! directed by Artan Minarolli, and the 2011 film Amnesty, directed by Bujar Alimani. With the last two films she entered in the List of Albanian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009 and 2011.
Director Luli Bitri came to international prominence for her portrayal of ‘Elsa’ in Bujar Alimani’s Amnesty in which she played the title role to great acclaim and received international media attention. The film was awarded in Berlinale International Forum 2011 (C.I.C.A.E. Prize). In the same year Bitri was nominated for her role, in the Best Actress category, at the Sarajevo Film Festival and at the Copenhagen International Film Festival, Lecce European film Festival (Cineuropa, Fipresci, Jury Prize), Jerusalem Film Festival, PriFilmFest Prishtina International Film Festival in Kosovo. Amnesty is her third feature and it meant a big jump in her career. International fame and acclamation came altogether, and that gave her global attention.
Water for the roses by Luli Bitri (Drama)
Cast: Amelia Ndoni ,Gora Bardho
Synopsis:Lena, a 5-year-old girl, is spending her summer in a small village in South Albania. Her mother and her grandmother are taking care of her newborn brother.
The family awaits the father to return, who immigrated abroad.
One day an unexpected visitor will turn their life upside down. It is 1997 and Albania is in turmoil.