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A SHELTER AMONG THE CLOUDS

A SHELTER AMONG THE CLOUDS

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.

Language
  • Albanian
Runtime
83
Production Year
2018
Film Type
Feature
Production Countries
  • Albania
  • Romania
Casts
Arben Bajraktaraj, Esela Pysqyli
Production Company
Digital Cube, Erafilm
Premier Status
Asian Premiere
Festivals / Awards
  • 2018: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Nominee for Grand Prize, Estonia

Crew List

Director
Robert Budina
Screenwriter
Robert Budina
Producer
Sabina Kodra
DOP / Camera
Marius Panduru
Editor
Ștefan Tatu
Music
Marius Leftărache
Sound
Marius Leftărache
Production Designer
Leandër Ljarja

Director/s

Robert Budina
Robert Budina
Profile

Photos

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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