Albania. Nearby a haunted swamp, Juli, Nora, and Ben work together in an isolated village where their families were exiled during the communist rule. Under the disapproving eyes of Juli, Ben juggles an affair with Nora while dreaming of expanding his café into the Balkans. Their quiet world ceases to exist when a highway crew begins to widen the road. Juli falls for the engineer Mili but worries about her ailing and confused grandmother, Noje. As the new road approaches, the village inhabitants have one last glorious night of fireworks and celebration. But at the break of dawn, Juli, Ben, and Nora must face a secret from their traumatic past.

Director's Biography
Iris Elezi is an award-winning Albanian filmmaker and lecturer. She studied at the Tisch School of the Arts and co-founded the initiative The Albanian Cinema Project, and is head of the Albanian National Film Archive. "Bota" premiered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and won the FEDEORA Award for Best Film.
Director's Filmography (Selection)
Bota (2014, CE'15) - Disposable Heroes (2005, short doc)
Spotlight · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2019
Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci
Albania / Italy / Kosovo 2014
100 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci
Cinematography Ramiro Civita
Editing Walter Fasano
Sound/Sounddesign Nenad Vukadinovic, Pellumb Ballata
Music Walter Fasano, Nathalie Tanner
With Flonja Kodheli, Artur Gorishti, Fioralba Kryemadhi, Tinka Kurti
Producer(s) Sabina Kodra, Andrea Stucovitz, Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, Burim Berisha
Erafilm, PMI ERAFILM Rr. M. Shyri, P. 1, Sh. 9, Ap. 156 1001 Tirana Albania T + 355 692 05 55 50
World Sales
World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014