Hive

Winner
Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema Dramatic
Sundance Film Festival
Winner
Best Director ~ World Cinema - Dramatic
Sundance Film Festival
Winner
Audience Award ~ World Cinema: Dramati
Sundance Film Festival
An engrossing, utterly classic tale of overcoming adversity.

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Hive

Sundance triple award winner Hive is a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije, who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she pulls the other widows in her community together to launch a business selling a local food product. Together, they find healing and solace in considering a future without their husbands—but their will to begin living independently is met with hostility.

The men in the village condemn Fahrije’s efforts to empower herself and the women around her, starting a feud that threatens their newfound sovereignty—and the financial future of Fahrije’s family. Against the backdrop of Eastern Europe’s civil unrest and lingering misogyny, Fahrije and the women of her village join in a struggle to find hope in the face of an uncertain future.

Winner of the Audience Award, Directing Award, and World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Hive is a pithy, devastating portrait of loss and our uphill journeys to freedom.

“An engrossing, utterly classic tale of overcoming adversity. In its own quiet way,
Hive builds a strong storyline around the self-reliance and determination of an uneducated country woman, played with glammed-down but riveting cool by a granite-faced Yllka Gashi.” —Deborah Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Plenty of evocative moments...Gashi is powerfully, effectively steely as a woman who must take matters into her own hands, even when they are tied by society.” —Ryan Lattanzio, INDIEWIRE
Not Rated
Genre
Drama, Women and Film, Festival Favorite
Runtime
84
Language
Albanian
Director
Blerta Basholli
Writer(s)
Blerta Basholli
Cast
Yllka Gashi, Çun Lajçi, Kumrije Hoxha, Aurita Agushi, Adriana Matoshi, Molikë Maxhuni, Blerta Ismaili, Kaona Sylejmani, Mal Noah Safçiu, Xhejilane Tërbunja, Astrit Kabashi, Adem Karaga, Armend Smajli, Shkëlqim Islami, Ilir Prapashtica
Awards:
Winner, Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival
Winner, Best Director ~ World Cinema - Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival
Winner, Audience Award ~ World Cinema: Dramati, Sundance Film Festival
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