Filmfest 2019

German Age Rating

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Besnik is a lonely shepherd and devoted Muslim who is haunted by unrequited love. He is the son of a Catholic mother and a formerly communist father, whom he takes care of in an Albanian village in the mountains. Up here, Christians and Muslims have found a way to coexist peacefully. Even after the discovery that the old mosque used to be a church and that the building had actually been shared by the two religions in the past, the calm of daily life is able to be preserved — with Besnik's help. After the death of his father, however, drastic changes threaten Besnik's multi-faith family, and the shepherd is forced to seek his own path.

tags: Family, Cultural Conflict, Nature, Religion, Feature film

Cast: Arben Bajraktaraj, Esela Pysqyli, Irena Cahani, Bruno Shllaku, Osman Ahmeti


Screenplay: Robert Budina

Director of Photography: Marius Panduru

Film Editor: Ștefan Tatu

Composer: Marius Leftărache

Production Designer: Leandër Ljarja

Costume Design: Gerta Oparaku

Sound: Marius Leftărache

Producer: Sabina Kodra

Production Company: Erafilm

Co-Producer: Critian Nicolescu

Co-Production Company: Digital Cube

World Sales: Pluto Film Distribution Network GmbH

Distributor: Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH

Director: Robert Budina


Born in Korça, Albania, Robert Budina graduated from the Academy of Arts in Tirana with a degree in stage directing. His career began by writing and directing several stage plays. In 2001, he founded his own production company, Erafilm. Films he's made include the short films LULEBORE (2004) and SPIDERMAN 5 (2008), as well as the feature-length film AGON (2012), Albania's entry for the Oscar nomination for best foreign film. A SHELTER AMONG THE CLOUDS is Budina's second feature-length film.