Archive of films Slogans / Slogans

Albania / France
2001, 90 min

Section: East of the West
Year: 2001


Synopsis

A young teacher named Andre arrives at a mountain village where he’s to be a new teacher at a local primary school. To his great surprise he discovers that the main proof of his expertise will be generating huge slogans proclaiming Communist principles. Considering that he’s new at the school he’s allowed to choose between “Up with the spirit of the revolution!” and “American imperialism is nothing more than a paper tiger.” On the advice of his colleague he chooses the shorter of the two. The next day, after teaching, he and his class set out for a convenient spot to ‘write’ a huge slogan out of white rocks. But the ridiculous tasks awaiting him at the school are far from over. Every week the local party secretary assigns the teachers new slogans, and they soon learn that the huge slogan campaign is intended to impress an important party member who will be passing through. Using these slogans, the director has succeeded in exposing the absurdity of Albanian political life at the end of the seventies.

About the director

Gjergj Xhuvani (b. 1963, Tirana) graduated from the theatre department at Tirana’s Academy of Performing Arts. He then worked as assistant director on a number of movies and wrote screenplays for animated films. His feature debut as a director came in 1995 with Last Love. Xhuvani caught the attention of the critics with his thirty-minute film Funeral Business (1999), screened at the Venice IFF. In addition, the film won the main prize at the festival in Montpellier, France and the Special Jury Prize at the Eurofestival. Xhunavi is also the author of the children’s book The Boat of the Poor and the novel Until Noon.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: East of the West
   
Director: Gjergj Xhuvani
Screenplay: Ylljet Alicka, Yves Hanchar, Gjergj Xhuvani
Dir. of Photography: Gerald Thiaville
Music: Denis Barbier
Editor: Didier Ranz
Producer: Anne-Dominique Toussaint, Pascal Judelewicz
Production: Les Films des Tournelles, Albanian General Vision, Roissy Films, Les Films en Hiver
Cast: Artur Gorishti, Luiza Xhuvani, Agim Qirjaqi, Birce Hasko, Niko Kanxheri, Festim Cela, Robert Ndrenika
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