Arta Selimi lands lead role in powerful movie “Nina & Nana”

Renowned artist Arta Seliti sat down with NY Elite Magazine to chat about her latest projects, her new movie “Nina & Nana” where she played lead role, and her upcoming projects. 

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

Arta Selimi: My last work was a short movie named “Nina & Nana”. It is a story about a young mother who’s daughter disappeared while shopping and her struggles trying to find her despite Police Office telling her to give up. She has this feeling that her daughter is alive somewhere and continues her search…

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

Arta Selimi: She is a young architect and a mother of an 8 yrs old girl. Married to a man that isn’t of a big help to her, he doesn’t work and apparently doesn’t believe her instincts when she insists that their daughter is alive. The story has an open ending and the audience would rather believe that she’s alive.


Photo By Jetmir Idrizi

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

Arta Selimi: We did an intense shooting, but it was fun working with a director that knows exactly what they want from you and have the right approach both to the film and the actors onset. I am always looking forward to working with young directors. In this case working with Aulona Selmani was a great experience.  She did a great job.

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

Arta Selimi: I played the lead role in several films such as: “Beyond the Rainbow” , “8 mm”, “Nina & Nana” etc.. and played supporting roles in :”Palidhje”, “The Fence” , “The Marriage” ..

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

Arta Selimi: Well since it was my last project,  I must admit I loved playing the above mentioned role in “Nina & Nana”. But overall, I think it’s not fair to make actors chose between their roles…it’s like asking a mother who’s your favorite child.

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

Arta Selimi: I love and enjoy that fact that it’s always something new…it is never boring and you always have to challenge yourself in building the characters.

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

Arta Selimi: I love charity work. I love animals especially dogs. I love to feed stray dogs. I like to keep myself in a good physical shape and be outdoors as much as I can when I can. I also try to spend as much time as I can with my family and  I love traveling.

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

Arta Selimi: Currently I am working on a SITCOM  (3 Fat Germans) . It was one of the most popular TV shows back in 2005, and we decided for a comeback. It is well received by the audience and that makes me happy.

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

Arta Selimi: Unfortunately, I think I might be the person who has to ask for an advice technically speaking (in terms that I can’t easily memorize monologues neither do I know one complete song)…

All I ever did in auditions was trying to be as relaxed as I could and be real.

My advice is: Don’t act.

NY Elite: What causes/charities you actively support or feel strongly about?

Arta Selimi: I support human rights and i feel strong about poverty. In 2009 my,  friend who’s also an actress and a producer and myself, managed a big humanitarian project that was broadcasted live on a national television here.

24 houses were built for people who’s houses were destroyed during the last war of 1999.

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

Arta Selimi: First of all I am grateful that I’m one healthy being, secondly  I’m grateful that I see my nieces growing up and becoming themselves and I can watch all that …and I am very grateful for being able to do what I love the  most – acting. And for thousand other reasons…generally I try to be as grateful as I can everyday, day by day…



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