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Directed by Laura Bispuri

Albania 2015 90 mins.

A memorable telling of a fascinating and little-known Albanian custom, Sworn Virgin features a remarkable performance by Alba Rohrwacher as a woman who lives her life as a man. While still a girl, Hana decides to escape fate as a wife and servant in the mountains. She takes an oath of eternal virginity, which gives women the chance to pick up a rifle and live free as a man. For everybody in the village Hana becomes Mark, a ‘sworn virgin’. But as years of solitude pass, Mark begins to question his choice and sets out on a journey of discovery, exchanging Albania for Italy, past for present, masculine for feminine. New Director Prize, San Francisco International Film Festival. In Albanian and Italian with English subtitles.

Genres: Drama