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Fortnight 2001, Feature film, 1h30


Handsome young Andre arrives in a remote mountain village for his new teaching post at the local elementary school. Under the tight rule of the school Principal, Andre is surprised to discover that the only item on his first teacher meeting agenda is assignment of a political slogan for each class. Between « UP WITH REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT » and « AMERICAN IMPERIALISM IS ONLY A PAPER TIGER », Andre catches on that shorter slogans are preferable. In a physically demanding task, the teachers and young students must form the letters with rocks on neighbouring hillsides. This « political duty » dictates life in the village towards ironic and unexpected results. Among them, a love story between Andre and pretty French teacher, Diana. Under the paranoid probing eyes of the local Party Secretary, the simplest rumours and rivalries of the quaint village become comically misinterpreted. With preparations underway for the upcoming arrival of an important Party dignitary’s motorcade, the absurd reality of life under the late 1970s Albanian dictatorship shows its true face.


Gjergj Xhuvani

He was born in Albania. He graduated in fine arts and became an assistant director on many films. He wrote screenplays for animation and two novels: The Boat of the Poor » et « Up to 12 o’clock.

Agim Qirjaqi
Artur Gorishti
Birçe Hasko
Luiza Xhuvani

Ylljet Aliçka

Gérald Thiaville

Pierre-Yves Lavoué

Didier Ranz

Denis Barbier

Set decoration
Shakir Veseli

Production :
Anne-Dominique Toussaint
Pascal Judelewicz
Les Films des Tournelles
10 rue Sainte-Anastase
75003 Paris, France
tél. : 33 (0)1 42 77 62 34
fax : 33 (0)1 42 77 76 70 

Albanian General Vision (Albanie)
Roissy Films (France)
Les Films en hiver (France) 

Vente à l’’étranger :
Celluloïd Dreams
24 rue Lamartine
75009 Paris, France
tél. : 33 (0)1 49 70 03 70
fax : 33 (0)1 49 70 03 71 

Distribution :
Les Films des Tournelles Distribution 

Presse française :
Viviana Andriani
tél. : 33 (0)1 42 66 36 35 

Presse internationale :
Richard Lormand
tél. : 33 (0)1 48 04 51 73
fax : 33 (0)1 48 04 80 43


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