Albania eyes first Oscar nomination with Gentian Koçi’s ‘Daybreak’

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times September 28, 2017 14:07

Albania eyes first Oscar nomination with Gentian Koçi’s ‘Daybreak’

TIRANA, Sept. 28 – Albania’s official candidate movie for the Oscars’ best foreign-language film award is Gentian Koçi’s Daybreak, a drama which has already received wide critical acclaim after its premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival. Since 1996, Albania has sent 10 Oscars movie candidatures, but is yet to be nominated.

Daybreak tells the story of a mother (Leta) who, unable to pay rent for months, is thrown out of her apartment, with her 1 year old son. Desperate for a solution, she moves them in with Sophie, an old woman who cannot leave her bed and whose daughter hires Leta as her caretaker. Having to secure a roof over their heads and a steady job, Leta does everything in her power to keep Sophie alive. Ornela Kepetani, who portrays Leta in the movie, won the award for Best Actress in the Sarajevo Film Festival, while the movie itself was nominated for Best Film.

“Daybreak is a fictional story. It is not based on real events, but it is somehow distilled from my everyday life observations, intuition, and imagination of other people’s day-by-day struggle to keep going on in a society very “productive” of insecurities,” director Koçi has told Variety.com.

“I’m more and more convinced that this system of insecurities to which most of us are exposed is creating a grey zone of human relations. The main character is situated in a context where today’s political and economic system, sometimes absent and sometimes overly present, functions like a vice jaws mechanism – it is constantly pressing on people’s lives, cutting out all possibilities for them to live worthily. It is precisely due to these implicit mechanisms that people instead of fighting together for a better life, they fight against each other,” he added.

Ever since its Oscars candidature from Albania, Daybreak has also been selected for competition at the CinEast International Film Festival 2017, in Luxembourg, and the Warsaw International Film Festival, which joined in 2009 the elite group of events recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, next to festivals like Cannes, Venice, Berlin, etc.  

The “Daybreak” project, developed with the financial support of the SEE Cinema Network, was also supported by the Albanian National Center of Cinematography (ANCC), the Greek Film Centre, Eurimages, the Albanian Ministry of Culture, the Albanian Public Radio-Television and the Municipality of Tirana.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times September 28, 2017 14:07