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DirectorJamie Donoughue
ProducerEshref Durmishi, Harvey Ascott, Howard Dawson – Eagle Eye Films LTD
WriterJamie Donoughue
CastLum Veseli, Andi Bajgora, Eshref Durmishi, Astrit Kabashi, Xhevdet Jashari
EditorSarah Peczek
CameraPhilip Robertson
ScreeningThursday 10 November at 17:00 hours
Friday 11 November at 15:00 and 19:00 hours
Sunday 13 November 17:00 hours
Length21 min
CountryUnited Kingdom, Kosovo

One of five Oscar nominees of the 2016. An amazing success for the cinema of Kosovo. Dutch Premiere


The friendship of two boys is tested to its limits as they battle for survival during the Kosovo war. Petrit and Oki are best friends. After Oki buys a bike, Petrit is desperate to have one of his own. He finds a niche dealing cigarette papers to the occupying Serbian troops. As their relationship is tested to the limits, they understand the true intentions of the Serbians and learn the meaning of friendship. The destiny of the collaboration between the UK director and Kosovo is like a film story in itself. On a trip to the Balkans in 2010, he found himself stranded in Kosovo due to the Icelandic volcano eruption. It was here where he began to learn about the history of the country and explore the untold stories. He researched for over four years before writing the short, which is based on the true events of his friend (producer and actor) Eshref Durmishi.

Een van de vijf Oscarnominatiesvan 2016. Een geweldig succes voor de Kosovaarse cinema.


De vriendschap van twee jongens wordt ultiem getest als ze tijdens de Kosovo-oorlog strijden om te overleven. Petrit en Oki zijn beste vrienden. Nadat Oki een fiets koopt wil Petrit er ook absoluut een van zichzelf. Hij vindt een gat in de markt: hij verkoopt sigarettenvloeitjes aan de bezettende Servische troepen. Terwijl de vrienden op de proef worden gesteld, begrijpen ze de ware bedoelingen van de Serviërs en leren ze de betekenis van vriendschap. De samenwerking tussen de Britse regisseur en Kosovo is een filmverhaal op zich. Gedurende een reis naar de Balkan in 2010 strandde hij door de IJslandse vulkaanuitbarsting in Kosovo . Daar leerde hij over de geschiedenis van het land en ging hij op zoek naar onbekende verhalen. Voor het schrijven van dit script deed hij meer dan vier jaar onderzoek. Zo ontstond deze korte film die is gebaseerd op het waargebeurde ervaringen van zijn vriend (producent en acteur) Eshref Durmishi.

FESTIVALS & AWARDS (selection)

Academy Awards, 2016 – Oscar nomination for Best Short Film | Aspen Shortsfest, 2015 – Best Drama, Youth Award, Audience Award | Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival, 2015 – Best Actors Award | Interfilm Berlin International Short Film Festival, 2015 – Best Film | Festival Tous Courts International Film Festival, 2015 – Audience Award