Sworn Virgin

Dir.: Laura Bispuri | Albania, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Kosovo 2015 | 90 min

A dark and tense drama about sex, female identity and a real ritual, few probably are familiar with. In a remote mountain area in Albania, the men determines everything and that is how it is. However, as a woman there is one way out of a life where everything in one's life is determined by patriarchy: to swear lifelong virginity and live life as a man. This, the young Hana (Alba Rohrwacher, excellent) chooses to do. But after ten years in a sexless vacuum, she decides to travel to Italy and visit her adoptive sister Lila whom she was very close to in childhood until Lila fled from her father to live in freedom and marry whom she would. The reunion between the two half-sisters are not exactly idyllic, but, step by step, notch for notch, the woman grows out of the oppressed body and soul. Laura Bispuri's debut film is a slow-burner where more is told when two eyes meet than in the sparse dialogue. It portrays a (former) woman's struggle to free herself from a patriarchal tradition and culture with different faces everywhere in the world.

Original Title
Vergine Giurata
Title
Sworn Virgin
Country
Albania, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Kosovo
Release Year
2015
Duration
90 min.
Directors
Laura Bispuri
Producer
Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Maurizio Totti, Alessandro Ussai, Dan Wechsler, Michael Weber, Viola Fugen, Sabina Kodra, Robert Budina
Script
Cast
Alba Rohrwacher, Flonja Kodheli, Lars Eidinger, Luan Jaha, Bruno Shllaku, Ilire Celaj
Camera
Vladan Radovic
Sound
Marc von Sturler
Editor
Carlotta Cristiani, Jacopo Quadri
Music
Nando Di Cosimo
Production Company
Vivo Film
Version
Dialogue: Albanian, Italian English Subtitles
Tempo
3
Thrills
3
Sighs
6
Laughs
1
Look
4
Food for thought
4