Filmmaker, artist, and actor Artur Gorishti (born in Albania, based in Montreal where he lives and works) has been a defining presence in Albanian cinema since 1983, when he won Best Actor for his performance in the film Dora e Ngrohte (1983). Over the past three decades, he has worked with Albania’s most influential directors, playing lead roles in movies that have brought Albanian filmmaking to international attention, including Slogans (2001 – New Talent Award, Cannes), Father and Godfather (2007 – Special Mention, Med Film Fest), and Bota (2014, Albania’s entry for the 2016 Oscars). Since 2006, he has played in North American productions as well, most recently Diego Star (2013) and The Fixer (2014).
Gorishti is also an established artist and photographer. The National Art Gallery of Albania awarded him its first photography award in 1998. He has exhibited in solo and group shows in Europe and North America, and was featured in open 2003 arte & cinema in Venice.