Vera Dreams of the Sea

Vera is a middle-aged sign language interpreter, who leads a well-structured life: a wife to a renowned judge, a supportive mother, and a caring grandmother. Her serenity is disrupted by her husband’s unexpected suicide followed by an unwelcome, menacing parade of relatives who claim to have ownership over their village family house. When the tendrils of an underworld scheme begin to surface, Vera’s world will face danger and seem ready to collapse. Fear and mistrust will force Vera to take the family’s fate into her own hands.

Steeped into an ominous atmosphere, Vera Dreams of the Sea is an intimate yet universal portrait of a woman, who must face the raw reality of going against the deeply seated gender issues that prevail in our times.

2021- Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania – 87 minutes – Suspense Drama

Directed by: Kaltrina Krasniqi
Written by: Doruntina Basha
Cinematography by: Sevdije Kastrati
Edited by: Vladimir Pavlovski, Kaltrina Krasniqi
Cast: Teuta Ajdini Jegeni, Alketa Sylaj, Astrit Kabashi, Refet Abazi
Producers: Shkumbin Istrefi
Produced by: Isstra Creative Factory & Vera Films

Co-Producers: Ognen Antov, Klajdi Papadhimitri, Kaltrina Krasniqi
Co-Produced by: Dream Factory, Papadhimitri Film Production

  • Venice IFF, Orizzonti section (World Premiere) | Edipo Re & “Female Author Under 40” Awards
  • Cinematik IFF
  • CinEast
  • Sao Paolo IFF
  • Tokyo IFF | Grand Jury Prize
  • Thessaloniki IFF | Special Jury Award
  • AFI Fest
  • Semana del Cine
  • Arras IFF
  • IFF Mannheim-Heidelberg
  • Iffi Goa
  • Cairo IFF
  • Goteborg IFF | Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award
  • Jerusalem Women’s FF

“Compelling, thrillerish tale of later-Life liberation in an oppressive society” Variety

“an impressive feature debut with this beautifully measured drama” The Film Verdict

“the latest addition to what can already be considered a trend (“Kosovar Women’s Wave”?) is the richest and most accomplished of them all: VERA DREAMS OF THE SEA” Cineuropa

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