Faton Bajraktari’s debut feature Home Sweet Home has been selected as Kosovo’s entry in the best foreign-language film category at the Oscars.
The pic, written by Zymber Kelmendi, had its international premiere earlier this year at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
Starring Donat Qosja, Arta Muçaj and Shkumbin Istrefi, Home Sweet Home tells the story of Agron, who was long considered dead after his army friends witnessed his death in the Kosovo conflict. But when he returns home alive, joy at his survival soon turns to consternation, as he is forced by circumstances to remain dead — at least for official purposes. It is through this darkly, humorous lens that the challenges facing a post-war society are told.
Home Sweet Home is a co-production between Kosovo and Macedonia, supported by Kosovo Cinematography Center and Macedonian Film Agency and produced by Trim Musliu and Senad Abduli.
This is the third year that Kosovo has submitted a contender for the foreign-language film Academy Award.
Although it has failed to make the final five foreign-language film nominees in past years, last year’s Kosovan short Shok did make it as far as nabbing an official nomination for best live-action short film.