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Tirana, année zéro (2001)

A 2002 Albanian film that tells the story of a young couple in post-communist Albania, at a time when many Albanians left the country in search for a better life abroad. The protagonist of ... See full summary »

Director:

Fatmir Koçi

Writers:

Enzo Brandner (as Heinz Brandner), Fatmir Koçi
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Nevin Meçaj Nevin Meçaj ... Niku
Ermela Teli Ermela Teli ... Klara
Raimonda Bulku Raimonda Bulku ... Marta, Klara's mother (as Rajmonda Bullku)
Robert Ndrenika Robert Ndrenika ... Kujtim, Klara's father
Bahar Mera Bahar Mera ... Xhafa, the director
Birçe Hasko Birçe Hasko ... Besim, the neighbor
Lars Rudolph Lars Rudolph ... Günter, the German
Juli Hajdini Juli Hajdini ... Linda, Günter's fiancée
Nigda Dako Nigda Dako ... Dessi, Vladimir's daughter
Vladimir Metani Vladimir Metani ... Vladimir
Artur Gorishti Artur Gorishti ... Tare, the sculptor
Monika Lubonja Monika Lubonja ... Nedji
Gëzim Rudi Gëzim Rudi ... Titi
Fatos Sela Fatos Sela ... The government employee
Jorida Meta Jorida Meta ... Gypsy woman
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A 2002 Albanian film that tells the story of a young couple in post-communist Albania, at a time when many Albanians left the country in search for a better life abroad. The protagonist of the movie is Nik, who lives in the capital of Albania, Tirana, along with his mother and father. He is in love with a beautiful girl named Klara, who wants to move to Paris to be a model. Nik makes his living with an old truck that belonged to his father, who is now sick, and seemingly dying. Amidst the criticisms of his mother, the confusion and desperation covering the country, and the desire of his girlfriend to leave, Nik is still unsure whether he wants to leave. The film explores the way Nik handles the events of his life.

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Comedy

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Country:

France | Albania

Language:

Albanian

Release Date:

19 December 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Tirana Year Zero See more »

Filming Locations:

Tirana, Albania

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Color
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Is there ever a way out?
3 March 2008 | by aurela_22See all my reviews

This film really brings out the best and worst of Albania. We see how life is in a harsh, post-communist country through the protagonist Nik. In his journey he experiences; love, betrayal, corruption and more importantly poverty. It is cynical and funny to watch his neighbours quarrel about politics and other things that are out of their reach. Moreover, the honour seen through his relationship with Klara is amusingly true!! Although this is a film, it can be read as an autobiography of many Albanians living abroad. Citizens of Albania assume life is perfect in the west, but as Nik talks about in the movie, there is nothing ideal about being a foreigner. A poignant and at the same time realistic story...


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