Cinephiles know this time of the year is when the Award nominees come out to play. Next month Altitude Films brings one of the films on the Oscars Best International Feature short list, Blerta Basholli’s Hive. Today we get a glimpse at the film’s UK Trailer for the award winning film.
The film is Kosovo’s entry into this year’s Oscar, making it’s world premiere at 2021 Sundance Film Festival. The film follows a woman in a patriarchal village who bands together the other women like her, husbands went missing during the Kosovan war. They decide to sell food to fight against the struggle, only to find themselves in a feud with the other male villagers.
Looking for a film with strong female characters, resilient ready to face whatever challenges life throws at them. You can do no wrong with this one and it has the awards to back it!
The powerful drama is based on the true story of Fahrije (Yllka Gashi) who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she pulls the other widows in her community together to launch a business selling a local food product. Together, they find healing and solace in considering a future without their husbands—but their will to begin living independently is met with hostility.
The men in the village condemn Fahrije’s efforts to empower herself and the women around her, starting a feud that threatens their newfound sovereignty—and the financial future of Fahrije’s family. Against the backdrop of civil unrest and lingering misogyny, Fahrije and the women of her village join in a struggle to find hope in the face of an uncertain future.
Hive is a touching and inspiring portrait of loss and overcoming injustices in a patriarchal society.
The film stars Yllka Gashi, Çun Lajçi, Kumrije Hoxha. Hive will be released in the UK and Irish cinemas from 18th March. The film will also make it’s UK Premiere at Glasgow Film Festival on 3rd March [more info/buy tickets].