The Marriage

Martesa

Director: Blerta Zeqiri
2017 | Kosovo, Albania | 97m
GENRE: Bisexual | Coming Out | Drama | Gay | Homophobia | Romance | Sexuality
SECTION: World Cinema
Expected Guests: Director, Blerta Zeqiri, Actors, Ilire Vinca & Rozafa Celaj, Production Designer, Lendita Zeqiraj

Trailer

In this powerful and sexy drama, a powder keg from the past impacts the present for three Kosovans. Though love and buried desire are at the center of the film, the story begins with history. Anita’s parents have been missing since the Kosovo War, which ended in 1999, and she and her fiancé, Bekim, are traveling to the Serbian border to look at a group of exhumed bones. But in war zones, as in love, closure rarely comes easily, and they return without further information about her missing mom and dad—but with a strengthened commitment to their impending marriage. Awaiting them in Priština is Nol, Bekim’s best friend and secret lover from those wartime years, who has since left the country to live in France but has returned to celebrate his friend’s nuptials.

Carefully moving between the present-day story and past details of Bekim’s relationships with Nol and Anita, The Marriage charts the emotional predicament of this man who has strong feelings for both. All three actors are extremely compelling, with Alban Ukaj’s deeply conflicted Bekim a standout. There is great pressure to marry and only mild support for LGBTQ rights in Kosovan society, so Zeqiri’s film, which unashamedly puts same-sex and heterosexual passion on the same plane, is a forceful step in the right direction, as well as a dynamic portrait of romance and deception in the shadow of war.

— ROD ARMSTRONG

This film contains depictions of homophobic violence.

SPONSORED BY
Peet’s Coffee

CO-PRESENTED BY
SF LGBT Center

  • Language: In Albanian with English subtitles