Phantom Youth
Luàna Bajrami
RKS – F, 2023, col., 94’
Albanian o.v.

Kosovo, 2007. Kosovo, 2007. Zoe and Volta leave their remote village to enter Pristina University. Amidst social and political tensions, the two young women discover a country in turmoil. By the French-Kosovar actress and director Luàna Bajrami, Phantom Youthpremiered at the 2023 Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti Extra section.


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Kosovo, 2007. Zoé and Volta leave their remote village to enter Pristina University. Amidst social and political tensions, the two women discover a country in turmoil, seeking its identity on the eve of independence and whose youth has been forgotten. The film premiered at the 2023 Venice Film Festival in the ‘Orizzonti Extra’ section.

“In 2007, eight years after the war, Kosovo is still under United Nations protectorate, awaiting independence. The youth of this country to be is torn between culture and status, tradition and globalisation, pain and resilience. A deliberate echo to the journey of our two heroines, Zoé and Volta. They flee from their village, dreaming of a better future. Searching for their place in this society, where ambitions collide with reality. This film as a chronicle tells a little about Kosovar youth, but it’s much more about the world’s youth. Its questions being universal. Everyone dreams, but the more time passes, the more those dreams dwindle, and hope with them. Don’t dream dreams, they said.” (L. Bajrami)

Sceneggiatura, scenografia / Screenplay, Art Director: Luàna Bajrami
Fotografia / Photography: Hugo Paturel
Montaggio / Editing: Paul Frère, Julie Renault
Musica / Music: Céline Laumord
Suono / Sound: Pëllumb Ballata, Eric Rey, Xavier Thibault, Gilles Bénardeau
Costumi / Costume Designer: Léopold Bushsbaum
Interpreti / Cast: Elsa Mala, Albina Krasniqi, Don Shala, Aurora Ferati, Gani Rrahmani, Uratë Shaban
Produzione / Produced by: Orëzanë Films, Quad + Ten
Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Gaumont

Luàna Bajrami
French-Kosovar actress and director, Luàna Bajrami was born in 2001 in Kosovo. Self-taught, she is best known for her role as Sophie in Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) written and directed by Céline Sciamma. Her debut feature film as a director, The Hill Where Lionesses Roar, premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and was presented at Trieste FF in 2022.

Filmography (as director)
2019 En été murissent les baies cm / sf 2021 Luaneshat e kodrës (The Hill Where Lionesses Roar); Premi / Awards: Sarajevo FF – Migliore attrice / Best Actress; Warsaw IFF – Premio FIPRESCI / FIPRESCI Award 2023 En attendant que mes larmes viennent (diretto con / directed with Simone Hazanavicius) cm / sf; Bota Jonë

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