ZANA
Antoneta Kastrati
Psychological Horror Drama 97' 15+
Kosovo/Albania
Albanian (ENG Subs)

Awards Jury Grand Prize -SEEfest 2020, Best Actress -Fantaspoa 2020, Best Feature - Tirana 2020, Best Actress - Mostra de Valencia 2020, Audience Award - GoEast 2020, Special Jury Prize - Films Des Femmes 2021, Best Feature - FIC Galdar 2021. Kosovo Oscar Submission 2020
Festivals TIFF 2019, Palm Springs 2020, Trieste 2020, Goteborg 2020, Crossing Europe 2020, Glasgow 2020, ,EFP Europe! Voices of Women in Film: Sydney 2020, New Zealand, 2020 Shanghai 2020, Sarajevo 2020, Haifa 2020

Haunted by night terrors, a woman is relentlessly pressured to fulfill her wifely duties. Bowing under the pressure of being replaced, she concedes to abandon modern medicine and seek the help of witch doctors and mystic healers.


Los Angeles-based Kosovar writer-filmmaker Antoneta Kastrati, a survivor of the 1999 war, has directed a series of socially relevant documentaries on post-war Kosovar society, alongside her sister Sevdije Kastrati. ZANA [+] is her feature-length debut, which had its world premiere in the Discovery section of the 44th Toronto International Film Festival.

Ten years after the war, in a small village in the west of Kosovo, Lume (Adriana Matoshi) lives with her husband Ilir (Astrit Kabashi) and her mother-in-law Remzije (Fatmire Sahiti). Lume is experiencing relentless night terrors and is under constant pressure to get pregnant, especially from Remzije, who threatens to "replace" her with a younger and more eager model. Living a never-ending life of neglect, Lume is forced to stray away from modern medicine, instead seeking the help of local witch doctors and famous televangelist mystic healers who promise to cure her infertility. During that process, and while trying to conceive, Lume's well-hidden post-war traumas return to the surface and the family will start to question her mental and psychological state.

Film producer
Crossing Bridges Films, On Film Production, alief
Starring actors
Adriana Matoshi (LUME), Astrid Kabashi (ILLIR), Fatmire Sahiti (Remzije), Mensur Safqiu
(Dr Murati)
Supported by
Kosovo Cinematography Centre, Albanian Film Centre, CoCo Connecting Cottbus, Midpoint Development, SFFILM Rainin Grant and Panavision.

Special thanks to Marjorie Bendeck & Martina Bleiss
Special thanks to
Marjorie Bendeck & Martina Bleiss
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