Small Body by Laura Samani - First Cut Lab

Edition: Balkans 2020


Vera Andrron Detin

Production countries: Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania 
roduction company: Isstra Creative Factory
World Premiere: Venice IFF – Orizzonti 2021



Vera is a middle-aged sign language interpreter, who leads a well-structured life: a wife to a renowned judge, a supportive mother, and a caring grandmother. Her serenity is disrupted by her husband’s unexpected suicide followed by an unwelcome, menacing parade of relatives who claim to have ownership over their village family house. When the tendrils of an underworld scheme begin to surface, Vera’s world will face danger and seem ready to collapse. Fear and mistrust will force Vera to take the family’s fate into her own hands.

Steeped into an ominous atmosphere, Vera Dreams of the Sea is an intimate yet universal portrait of a woman, who must face the raw reality of going against the deeply seated gender issues that prevail in our times.


Director: Kaltrina Krasniqi
Writer: Doruntina Basha
Editors: Vladimir Pavlovski, Kaltrina Krasniqi
D.O.P.: Sevdije Kastrati

Producer: Shkumbin Istrefi
Co-producers: Ognen Antov, Klajdi Papadhimitri, Kaltrina Krasniqi

Cast: Teuta Ajdini, Alketa Sylaj, Astrit Kabashi, Refet Abazi

Length: 87 min

International sales: Heretic