Pristina, 29 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
The film “Friend” which is a Kosovar production, directed by Jamie Donoughue, could not win the prestigious Academy Award in the “Live Action Short Film” category. This category was won by the short Irish film, Sttuterer.
Albanians in Pristina, Tirana and Skopje followed the ceremony until the early hours of the morning with great enthusiasm.
One of the screenwriters of the film, Eshtref Durmishi, said that the film has made history and has offered to the world the truth about the war and terror that Kosovo lived.
“We have been supported by all Albanians wherever they are. They have made us heroes. If we win the Oscar, statues of us will be built in Pristina. This is an important event for Kosovo, but also for Albania”, declared Durmishi before the ceremony.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Kujtim Shala has congratulated actors, producers and all the team for the success that was achieved by competing in the most important film event, where the participation of a project from Kosovo is a historical event for the cinema of this country.
The film “Friend” manages to reflect a fragment of the tragedy that the people of Kosovo lived through at the turn of the millennium.
All foreign and domestic media positioned the film as the winner, however, the voters seem to have been touched more by the film “Stutterer”.
The film talks about Petrit and Okin, two close friends who are in difficult situations during the war in Kosovo. /ibna/