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Director
Laura Bispuri

Filmography
(selected)
2010 Passing Time (short)
2011 Biondina (short)
2015 Vergine giurata/Sworn Virgin

Biography
​After receiving a degree in Cinema from Sapienza University of Rome, she was selected to attend the Fandango Lab Workshop direction and production school. Her film Passing Time won the David Donatello Award (Italian Oscars) for Best Short Film in 2010. Her 2011 short film, Biondina, received the Nastro d’Argento (Top Italian Film Critics Award) as “Rising Talent of the Year”. Sworn Virgin is her first feature film.

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Sworn Virgin / Laura Bispuri

Hana Doda, still a girl, escapes from her destiny of being a wife and a servant, a future imposed on women in remote village life in Albania. With her uncle’s guidance, Hana appeals to the old Kanun traditional law and takes an oath of eternal virginity for the chance to bear a rifle and live free as men do. For the villagers, Hana becomes Mark, a “sworn virgin”. But something restless stirs under this male disguise. Years later, the immense Albanian mountains and her choice now seem like a prison. Mark decides to set out on a journey, too long put off. He travels to Italy, crossing borders into many different worlds: Albania and Italy, past and present, masculine and feminine. Slowly Mark begins to experience the vertigo of discovering one’s body, touching other bodies. She finds the caring, loving people her life had deprived her of, and opens up to an unexpected chance for love, which the Kanun had denied her.


Director:Laura Bispuri
Script:Francesca Manieri, Laura Bispuri, based on the novel Vergine giurata by Elvira Dones
Cinematography:Vladan Radović
Editing:Carlotta Cristiani, Jacopo Quadri
Sound:Marc von Stürler
Music:Nando Di Cosimo
Costumes:Grazia Colombini
With:Alba Rohrwacher (Mark/Hana), Flonja Kodheli (Lila),Lars Eidinger (Bernhard), Luan Jaha (Stjefen), Bruno Shllaku (Gjergj, Ilire Celaj (Katrina)
World Sales:The Match Factory, Germany T. +49 30 443 190 520 F. +49 30 443 190 530 info@matchfactory.de www.the-match-factory.com
Distribution in Greece:ΑΜΑ films Yorgos Stergiakis T. +30 210 3221 925 F. +30 210 3214 998 amafilms@otenet.gr www.amafilms.gr
Production Design:Ilaria Sadun, in collaboration with Tim Pannen
Producer:Marta Donzelli & Gregorio Paonessa, Maurizio Totti & Alessandro Usai, Dan Wechsler, Michael Weber & Viola Fügen, Sabina Kodra & Robert Budina
Production Country:Italy-Switzerland-Germany-Albania-UNMI Kosovo
Format:DCP Color
Duration:90'
Production Year:2015
Screening Schedule
STAVROS TORNES:Monday, November 09, 2015 - 23:00 | ID:367
STAVROS TORNES:Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 23:00 | ID:867
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