A SHELTER AMONG THE CLOUDS

  • Feature
  • 2018
  • 83 Minutes
  • Albania, Romania
  • Language: Albanian

Besnik is a lonely shepherd and devoted Muslim, haunted by unfulfilled love. He is the son of a Catholic mother and formerly Communist father whom he takes care of in an Albanian village in the mountains. Up here, Christians and Muslims have found a way to co-exist peacefully. Even after the discovery that the old mosque used to be a church and that the building was actually shared by the two religions in the past, the calm of daily life can be preserved - with Besnik's help. After the death of his father, however, drastic changes threaten Besnik's multi-faith family and the shepherd is forced to seek his own path.

Director: Robert Budina

Screenwriter: Robert Budina

Production Company: Digital Cube, Erafilm

Premier Status: Asian Premiere


Film Critic

God is my shepherd

Mohsen Azarm

Besnik is a lonely, taciturn shepherd and devoted Muslim, haunted by unfulfilled love. He is the son of a Catholic mother and formerly Communist father whom he takes care of in an Albanian village in the mountains. He has a Muslim sister and unrestricted Orthodox brother. In that village, Christians and Muslims have found a way to co-exist peacefully. Even after the discovery that the old mosque used to be a church and that the building was actually shared by the two religions in the past, the calm of daily life can be preserved – with Besnik’s assistance.
After the death of his father, however, drastic changes threaten Besnik’s multi-faith family and the shepherd is forced to seek his own path, and that pushes him further into his solitude. His life can be basically summarized in the 23rd Psalms in the Bible where it reads: The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.


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Awards

2018: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Nominee for Grand Prize, Estonia


Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Robert Budina

Producer: Sabina Kodra

DOP / Camera: Marius Panduru

Editor: Ștefan Tatu

Music: Marius Leftărache

Sound: Marius Leftărache

Production Designer: Leandër Ljarja

Cast: Arben Bajraktaraj, Esela Pysqyli


Director

Robert Budina

Robert Budina works as an independent film producer and director. He graduated from the Theatre Directing department in the Academy of Arts and has directed and written several theater plays. Together with Sabina Kodra he formed the ERAFILM Production Company in 2001. Robert has filed numerous roles as executive producer, supervisor production in various international coo productions. A Shelter Among The Clouds is his second feature film after the Lulebore (2005) short film, and his first feature film Agon (2012) (Albanian entrance Academy Award Best Foreign Feature 2014), which screened at more than 20 festivals around the world.

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