Sokol Cahani in new film “Red Sparrow”

Sokol Cahani is a London based actor, whose latest projects include Francis Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow” starring Jennifer Lawrence. During his acting career he has appeared in several films. Cahani is known for his lead roles in “Crimes of a Father”, “Girls for Sale”, “Besa”, and “The Necklace”. Currently he is working in the Albanian play “Britma e Detit”, written by Petrit Kucana, to showcase in London in May 2018.

Sokol Cahani received his Bachelor Degree in Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana and his BSA Actor Training in Advanced Screen Acting & Screen Acting. He is also a voiceover artist.

Meet the artist: NY Elite Interview with actor Sokol Cahani

NY Elite: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your film career.

Sokol Cahani: I was born in 1969 Krume, Has Albania. I grew up in the town of Krume and went to Skenderbeu Gimnazium  before I  was accepted to study Drama  at Academy of Fine Arts   in Tirana. Since I was a teenager I wanted to be an actor.

I am related to late poet Bajazit Cahani first cousin of my late father Halim Cahani.

Since 2000. I have appeared in at least 13 films, seven television productions, many  corporate videos, award winning radio show BBC radio 4 drama just to mention a few. Also I am an voiceover artist.

I am involved in The Albanian newspaper in London  where I am part of their shows and gatherings.

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Sokol Cahani (Photo by Pete Bartlett)

NY Elite: What are you latest and current movie projects?

Sokol Cahani: My latest project was Red Sparrow realized in February 2018 a film distributed by 20th Century Fox directed by Francis Lawrence starring Jennifer Lawrence. 

NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in the film? 

Sokol Cahani: I played a Russian agent.

NY Elite: What was it like working with the director?

Sokol Cahani: It was a great experience. Working with Francis Lawrence was a real joy. He is one of those warm directors that you just click instantly which is very important for any project to be a success. 

NY Elite: In which movies have you played lead role?

Sokol Cahani: The most recent lead role was in “Girls for Sale” an independent feature film directed and produced by Richard Lipman. I also played lead roles in “Crimes of a Father”, “Besa”, “The Necklace” and more.

NY Elite: Among all your roles so far, which has been your favorite one and why?

Sokol Cahani: Favourite roles, they  are two: Peter in Crimes of a father directed by English director Ben Perry. The character I played was a father with a dark past who finds himself in a foreign country in difficult circumstances. He is punished in the end. A complex character with bad and good sides of him.

Another character was Deli, in  Besa directed by  the Albanian director Astrit Hyka. Deli is a colourful character  based on true story of a Jewish woman who found sanctuary in north of Albania.  He acts as a guide to help her escape  Germans from occupied Yugoslavia to Albania.

NY Elite: What do you enjoy most about your acting career?

Sokol Cahani: What I enjoy most about acting is the work involved in researching about the character I will be playing. Since I was a child I have always been curious about people and event, and  if you are interested in things you want to go deeper and you want to know more. This had always excited me through my whole acting career.

NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have? 

Sokol Cahani: I like classical music. I enjoy singing. I get involved in community opera.

NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?

Sokol Cahani: At the moment I am working in an Albanian play here in London written by Petrit Kucana called “Britma e Detit”. The first show will be in May 2018.

NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone about impressing the directors during audition? How to audition?

Sokol Cahani: Auditions are the most difficult and tricky part of acting.  My advice would be: go there really prepare, learn  the lines that’s the least you can do because casting directors hate  when they see you reading from the page looking down all the time. Be bold in your choices. Consider casting director not like god that holds your future but  as equal human being. So do your best and try and forget about that audition. easy said than done  but you have to try. And above anything else be positive and CONFIDENT.

NY Elite: What are the things in your life that you’re most grateful for? 

Sokol Cahani: To have a healthy and happy family life.

Surrounded by loved ones.

Nothing gives me more joy than when I see my sons 12 and 7 playing up and down with each other and why not fighting like little lions at times.

 

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