Graduation films 2019



2019 - 80' - Albanian (Available subtitles: German, Italian, English)

The film tells a turbulent year, 1997 in Albania, through the stories of a group of friends. On the thread of memories, real images and archival images and staging will alternate to draw a portrait of a generation, before, during and after the events that have marked their lives. The film goes beyond the news and allows the viewer to approach in a more intimate and profound way the experience of the protagonists. Reviving their past on the screen. A coming out age film with semi-documentary tones, which help to bring the facts narrated back into the reality of our days.

  • Erald Dika
    • Director
    • Editor

    Erald Dika

    Born in Albania in 1988. In 2010 he graduated in History of Cinema at the University "La Sapienza". At the same time, he follows several video shooting, post-production and visual effects workshops. In 2013 the Master's Degree ends with a thesis on cross-media and transmedia. In 2014 he published a comic in the Albanian language that takes up the Kreshnik epos. In 2017 with "WITH THE FEET ON THE CLOUDS" as a writer and director together with Vladimir Doda, he was selected for MEDFILM FESTIVAL 2017.
  • Simone Endrizzi
    • Cinematographer

    Simone Endrizzi

    Born in Laives (BZ) in 1997. From an early age he was passionate about photography, taking his first steps in the art world by producing commercials for various local companies and many music videos for different young emerging artists. Finalist together with Erald Dika with "Sileo" at BZ48H-short film contest 2017, as screenwriter and director of photography. Also in 2017 he is the director of photography for "WITH THE FEET ON THE CLOUDS" by Vladimir Doda and Erald Dika, selected for MEDFILM FESTIVAL 2017.


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Director's Note

In 1997 I was 9 years old, and today, 22 years later, I realized that the memories of the events of that year are slowly fading away.
During the research I decided to meet my childhood friends to ask what they remember. My friends like me have fragmentary memories of events, so talking to them through travels in their childhood to reconstruct a memory that each of us keeps only in part by trying to make it become a shared heritage. Find out if this event has influenced in any way the lives of all of us, at the time adolescents, and understand if today we see residues of those events in Albanian society. A non-fiction with a present made of interviews, with the memories of friends, and shot on the sites of action. The memories, with the reflections, with the judgments, which also concern the Albanians, the Albanian politicians and their acting as politicians, also not very clear. And a past made up of recreations of events lost in the memory where there are no archive images to present and represent the life of the adolescent years.

Technical data

Country of production: Italy
Shooting Format(s): 4K 2160@25p; HD 1080@25p
Original Master Format: HD 1080@25p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Screening Format: DCP, Apple ProRes or any on request
Audio Format: Stereo (2.0)
Running time: 80'00”
Subtitles available: German / Italian / English


Director: Erald Dika
Cinematographer: Simone Endrizzi
Editor: Erald Dika
Soundrecordist: Gabriella Cosmo
Interpreters: Ervin Doda, Dionis Marku, Mateo Çili, Vladimir Doda, Ismet Zusi


ZeLIG is located in Bolzano, Italy, a multilingual city where different cultures live together. The school is a place of exchange for students, teachers and film professionals from all over the world.
At ZeLIG the spoken languages are German, Italian and English. This creative approach to linguistic variety opens the gates to the international markets and to future opportunities.