Ballkoni (Balcony) is a short comedy drama that is written and directed by Lendita Zeqiraj. The direction of photography is by Armel Hostiou and production is by Bujar Kabashi from WOOF FILMS, Croatia and N’ART FILMS, Kosovo. For the full credits click here.
Jeton, a 10-year-old boy is sitting on the edge of a balcony on the 4th floor. Neighbours and passers-by, terrified by this situation, call the police and firefighters for help. But the situation quickly becomes unmanageable.
According to the filmmakers:
The film is an observation of the authentic mindset of our society, which quickly may deviate into an absurd situation. Shot in one long sequence that begins in the sunset and ends at twilight, as a cinematic expression that reinforces immersion into an absurd situation, revealing the reality of everyday life in today’s Kosovo society.
Lendita Zeqiraj is a filmmaker and visual artist, born in Pristina, Kosovo in 1972. Lendita studied Visual Arts at the Academy of Arts in Prishtina, Kosovo and Film Aesthetics in Paris, France. Her works have been selected and received awards at the most important film festivals worldwide. Her 2013 film “Balcony”, recently honoured by Vimeo Staff, was presented in more than 120 international film festivals, including the official selection of festivals such as Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Palm Springs Short Fest, Hamptons Film Festival, Warsaw International Film Festival, Leeds Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, Cairo Film Festival and more and has won over 20 awards, including the Special Jury Prize at AFI FEST in Los Angeles. In 2014 Lendita was awarded with the “National Filmmaker of the Year Award” by Kosovo Ministry of Culture. She currently lives in France and works as a freelance director and screenwriter.
All images © N’ART + WOOF FILMS / BALCONY (Ballkoni)