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Toni and Bleri

Katja Verheul

  • Albanian, English (with English subtitles); 20 min

Toni and Bleri - Katja Verheul

Kosovo, Netherlands, 2019, 20 min
  • Production: Katja Verheul

In Kosovo, two young men walk in the ghostly space of an abandoned construction worksite. TONI AND BLERI evoke memories of a scarcely joyful past, as well as their dream to leave the country in search of a better life. Emigration seems to be the only possibility of a future, but how do you get into the Schengen Area when you do not have a visa or an employment contract and when you come from a region that current geopolitics have relegated to the fringes? The two men then have a brilliant idea: to construct a rocket with what they find on the worksite, a rocket that could take one of them straight to the promised land, without any need for bureaucratic procedure. Carrying their space capsule, they climb Kosovo’s highest mountain, the mythical cursed mountain that serves as a metaphor for the long path they still have to cross. With these protagonists who shift between heroism and pathetism, Katja Verheul constructs a highly original politico-burlesque film. A parody that denounces the violence of migratory policy in Europe.