Blerta Basholli’s multiple award winner HIVE is a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije, who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she pulls the other widows in her community together to launch a business selling a local food product. Together, they find healing and solace in considering a future without their husbands—but their will to begin living independently is met with hostility. Winner of the Audience Award, Directing Award, and World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, HIVE is a pithy, devastating portrait of loss and our uphill journeys to freedom.
Original Title: “Zgjoi”
*Albanian with English Subtitles
Drama | 2021 | 84 min | Kosovo, Switzerland, North Macedonia, Albania
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Film Forum | 209 West Houston Street | NYC
ZEITGEIST FILMS IN ASSOCIATION WITH KINO LORBER
CAST & CREW
Directed by: Blerta Basholli
Written by: Blerta Basholli
Yllka Gashi, Çun Lajçi, Kumrije Hoxha
Cinematographer: Alexander Bloom
“There are moments, particularly in Gashi’s tenacious performance, that connect to a rawer emotional power. Prompts us to realize that part of the tragedy of a generation’s menfolk being decimated by war is that society at large loses the progress and enlightenment that the best of them would have promoted.” – Jessica Kiang, Variety
“An engrossing, utterly classic tale of overcoming adversity. In its own quiet way, Hive builds a strong storyline around the self-reliance and determination of an uneducated country woman, played with glammed-down but riveting cool by a granite-faced Yllka Gashi.” — Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
“Stirring, infuriating, and ultimately hopeful.” —VOX
STARRING YLLKA GASHI
“Yllka Gashi is powerfully, effectively steely as a woman who must take matters into her own hands, even when they are tied by society. Plenty of evocative moments. Gashi turns in an unglamorous performance as a broken-down woman who remains resilient. A shimmery dream sequence… opens up the movie to a brief glimpse of the sublime.” — Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire
Hive was inspired by the true story of Fahrije Hoti.
Hoti — a handsome and composed woman with neatly cropped grey hair — as The Guardian put it, after the 1999 War in Kosova, started life from zero in Krushe. With two young children, her husband on the list of missing persons, and with the house completely burnt down, she learned how to drive, started a small local business selling pickles and ajvar in markets, creating new jobs for other women in her village while raising her own two sons.
Fahrije never gave up.
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” — Maya Angelou