Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

The Hill Where Lionesses Roar

Expired April 18, 2022 3:59 AM
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This remarkable debut narrative directed by twenty-year old Kosovo/French actress Luàna Bajrami creates a terrain of unsettling fluidity and freedom in the empty void of post-socialist, post-conflict Kosovo. Its three teenage protagonists,rejected from university and inhibited from obtaining visas to leave their rural town, form a gang.


A stunning stylistic tour-de-force that rejects realist style and revels in the unresolved and the unexplained, the film possesses a bracingly original style, deploying the fragmentation of experimental film to alternate between the stillness of tableaus with the three women and the constant movement of cars, running, friendship, ambiguous sexuality, and open narrative structure.”


 —Patricia Zimmermann, Director, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival 

Somewhere in Kosovo, in an isolated village, three young women see their dreams and ambitions stifled. In their quest for independence, nothing can stop them: the time has come to let the lionesses roar.
  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    83 minutes
  • Language
    Albanian
  • Director
    Luàna Bajrami
  • Screenwriter
    Luàna Bajrami
  • Producer
    Pascal Judelewicz, Val Rahmany
  • Cast
    Flaka Latifi, Uratë Shabani, Era Balaj
  • Cinematographer
    Hugo Paturel
  • Editor
    Michel Klochendler
  • Composer
    Aldo Shllaku