Agnus Dei is a Shakespearean tragedy. Compelling and at the end devastating. Forbidden love, forbidden life, forbidden dreams. Having lived in a war zone where loving the wrong person could mark one for death, this film had greater impact. Still, my foray seems pale against what these warring neighbors endure. Hate has to be taught and the Serbs and Albanians learned that lesson too well. This dark film illuminates this superbly.
The Biblical names of Peter and Mary become haunting--as were the performances. Cinematography and lighting conveyed the dark realm and futility of war. The shot of Mom and sister reflected in the window at the end was inspired and chilling. The only scene I found off was the Mom/deserter scene when the camera went back and forth. I totally understand the intent, but I thought it was just too much. To me, that was the only flaw. This is what filmmaking is about. When I see Foreign Films nominated for an Oscar, this one should be on the list.
Sometime the best way to tell story of something big is by making the story small. The filmmakers have wisely chosen this path, exploring the meaning of the Serbian-Albanian war through the perspective of one family on both sides of the line. A very well made film with terrific performances.
Combine Greek Tragedy and Russian War Epics, and you will have Agnus Dei. This is an amazing story, told extremely well. Astrit Alihajdaraj is a talent to be treasured.
Sopi's directing is brilliant, capturing the ugliness of war and the lost of one man's ability to cope with what he has done. Astrit Alihajdaraj was Peter, no question about it. When I was watching the film, all I saw was Peter, not an actor. Dafina Berisha (with her mouth dropping beauty) was amazing in the film, propelling Peter to finally do the right thing.
‘Agnus Dei’ - What an incredible film! I was personally so immersed in each scene, the characters and the structure of the story.
‘Agnus Dei’ is a movie that take you away and leaves you breathless. After you have seen it, it makes you wordless and awakes inside of you the desire to watch it again and again. And continuously it immerses you deeper and deeper until the infinity of different esthetical and meaningful stratifications.
Agnus Dei has valuable messages, making it an important document with high cinematographic quality.
A classic tragedy. Very well executed. The pacing and the performances combined with the score and the polished camera work are captivating.
The English subtitles need a little grammatical work and occasionally get out of sync, making the dialogue difficult to follow. Otherwise, great.
Rruga e Mitrovices nr.17
10 000 Prishtinë – Kosovë
tel. ++ 377 44 110 548, 038 245 557
Born 1956 in Prishtina is an award-winning Kosovar Director and Scriptwriter / more than 50 awards across the world/.
He attended the University of Zagreb (Croatia). He has graduated on the Academy of Arts, the branch of directing the film.
He is the professor of The Film Theory in Faculty of Arts - Prishtina University.
F i l m o g r a p h y
The documentary films:
The waiting (1980),
The midnight guards (1981),
Beyond the death (1999).
The Pelerine (1982),
The flower of love (1988),
The Tower (1990).
The autumn of roses (2000).
The feature films:
The man of earth (1984),
Agnus Dei (2013)
He has written these scenario for feature films:
The Pelerine (according to the same name of the novel of D. Buzzati), The Blind-man ( the adoption of the novel of D. H. Lawrence), The man of earth, The tower, Terra Nichil, Baby Lee, Anathema, Agnus Dei, The beautiful face of the world which cry, Rahela.
Mitrovica str. # 17, 10000 Prishtina – KOSOVA
Tel. +381 38 245 557 Fax. +381 38 244 236
a) Movie title
Original: AGNUS DEI English: AGNUS DEI Web: www.agnusdei-movie.com
b). Movie genre
Feature film: Year of production: 2013 . Length: 111’ minutes - 2316 meters
c). Date of first public projection
First screening; January 17, 2013
d). Festivals /in official selection
1. Agnus Dei has been part of more than 110 International Film Festivals across the world.
a) Name of film producer Producer: Agim Sopi Executive producer: Milazim Salihu
b) Producing company
Name: AS Film Production – Prishtina
Address: Mirovica str. # 17 – 10 000 Prishtina – Kosovo
City: Prishtina Country: Kosovo – Europe
Phone: +381 38 245 557 Fax: +381 38 244 234 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
c) Sale company
Name: ITN Distribution Address: 9663 Santa Monica Bvld. No. 859
City: Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Country: USA Phone: 702 882 6926 Fax: 877 691 3456 Web: www.itndistribution.com
3. AUTHORS AND TECHNICIANS
a) Film director
Name: Agim Sopi
Place and date of birth: Prishtina – Kosovo (23.07.1956)
Adress: Mother Teresa str. #21 – 10 000 Prishtina – Kosovo
Phone: +377 44 110 548 Fax: +381 38 244 238 E-mail: email@example.com
b) Author of the original subject: Agim Sopi
c) Script-writer: Agim Sopi
d) Composer: Mendi Mengjiqi
e) Director of photography: Menduh Nushi
f) Set designer: Afrim Gora
g) Editor: Agron Vula
|1.||Performer: ASTRIT ALIHAJDARAJ||Character: Peter|
|2.||Performer: DAFINA BERISHA||Character: Beautiful Maria|
|3.||Performer: ZAKLINA OSTIR||Character: Mother Maria|
|4.||Performer: ENVER PETROVCI||Character: Commander Vojvoda|
|5.||Performer: ÇUN LAJQI||Character: Sergeant Vuk|
|6.||Performer: BISLIM MUÇAJ||Character: Din Sokojeva|
|7.||Performer: BLERIM GJOCI||Character: Mema|
|8.||Performer: LUMNIE SOPI||Character: Mema’s wife|
5. TECHNICAL FEATURES
Prodhuar nga / Product by
AS FILM PRODUCTION
Me mbështetjen e / supported by
Crew of the authors / Ekipi autorial
Dizajner zëri / Sound designe
Dizajner dritash / Light designer
Kostumograf / Costumes designer
Skenograf /Art designer
Producent ekzekutiv /Executive producer
Ndihmës regjisori /Second units director
Drejtor i fotografisë /Director of photography
Skenari dhe regjia / Screenplay and director
Technical crew / Ekipi teknikDepartamenti i zërit / Sound department