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Fran and Verka; or a Usual Day in an Abandoned Village



This poignant film, which premiered at Sarajevo Film Festival, looks at the lives of two elderly individuals in a remote village in Kosovo and brilliantly depicts a forgotten lifestyle, a microhistory of its kind.

Fran and Verka are the sole inhabitants of Vernakolle – where they first met many years ago, got married and have been living ever since. After the 1999 war in Kosovo, it all changed. Everyone but Fran and Verka left the village. Their story is a testament to the unbreakable bonds that tie us to what we call home and where we belong.

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PRODUCTIONAurela Kadriu – Can and Cam
EDITINGSovran Nrecaj
SOUNDPellumb Ballata
MUSICJ.S. Bach (played on piano by Njomza Kastrati)
LANGUAGENo dialogue


Sarajevo Film Festival, 2023 – World Premiere


I aimed to capture the poignancy of two elderly individuals living in a remote, forgotten village in Kosovo. The absence of dialogue in the film emphasises the solitude of their existence and allows viewers to witness their daily routine without any distractions. Through the “fly on the wall” style, the camera becomes an observer of their lives, revealing how they navigate the world in a way that is vastly different from the modern way of living. Inspired by the work of Vlatko Gilic, I wanted to create a film that would make the audience reflect on the value of human connection and the importance of preserving cultural traditions.


Sovran Nrecaj is a young filmmaker, born in 1998 in Ferizaj, Kosovo. He began his artistic career as a photographer and later developed a passion for writing and directing films. Sovran studied at Sarajevo Film Academy. His short film “Sea by the River and River by the Sea” has won several awards at international festivals. His filmmaking style is characterised by his ability to convey meaningful stories through visual storytelling, tackling important social issues in his work. Sovran Nrecaj has recently completed a short documentary “Fran and Verka; or a usual day in an abandoned village”, and currently he is working on his first feature film, “Around the River Beyond the Sea.”