I told you. She’s on fire!
Laura Bispuri’s Vergine Giurata, Sworn Virgin won the Firebird Award, the top prize in the young filmmakers’ competition section, at The Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Bispuri’s debut film will soon compete in New York City at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Laura Bispuri, tells the story of a young woman (played by Venice Film Festival Best Actress winner Alba Rorhwacher) in Albania who makes the choice to live like a man, a cultural phenomenon that is apparently dying out, but new to me.
Because women in patriarchal northern Albanian society are not allowed to hold many jobs, vote, inherit wealth, or buy or own property, women can, for a variety of reasons, take an oath of chastity and live like a man.
Director: Laura Bispuri
Writers: Elvira Dones (novel), Laura Bispuri (screenplay)
Stars: Alba Rohrwacher, Emily Ferratello, Lars Eidinger
Congratulations Laura! You’ve made so many of us, your country, women everywhere, film lovers all over the world, AND ME very proud!