Looking for Venera - Norika Sefa

Edition : Kosovo 2019

First Cut+ Trieste 2021


Në kërkim të Venerës

Production: Kosovo
Production Company: Circle Production
World Premiere: International Film Festival Rotterdam



Calm, taciturn teenager Venera lives in a small village in Kosovo. At home, three generations are constantly under one another’s feet in their cramped house, so she has hardly any privacy. Outside too, on the streets and in the café, it’s not much better: the village is small and there’s always a brother, nephew or neighbour keeping a beady eye on her. A girl is expected above all else to protect her good reputation – and that of her family.

All of which makes it difficult for Venera to go her own way. Her spirits are lifted when she makes friends with rebellious Dorina, who already has a boyfriend.
The two girls go out having fun together, as far as Venera’s father allows. One thing they know for sure: they don’t want to end up like their mothers. “I’ve never even seen my parents kiss”, Venera says.


Writer & Director: Norika Sefa
Editors:  Stefan Stabenow, Norika Sefa
DOP: Luis Armando Arteaga
Producer: Besnik Krapi
Co-production companyIn My Country Post-production

Cast: Kosovare Krasniqi, Erjona Kakeli, Rozafa Celaj, Basri Lushtaku

Length: 111 min