SWORN VIRGIN

VERGINE GIURATE

By Laura BISPURI

THE MATCH FACTORY - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2015

SWORN VIRGIN is the story of a woman who
sacrifices her femininity for her freedom,
and years later must renounce her honour to
become a woman again.
It is a journey inside the complexity of a
woman’s world; a film about finally
breaking free from invisible prisons.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • ITALY, SWITZERLAND, GERMANY, ALBANIA, KOSOVO
    • Languages
    • ITALIAN, ALBANIAN
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Laura BISPURI
    • Writer(s)
    • Laura BISPURI
    • Producer(s)
    • Marta DONZELLI (VIVO FILM), Gregorio PAONESSA (VIVO FILM), Maurizio TOTTI, Alessandro USAI, Dan WECHSLER, Michael WEBER (Match Factory Productions), Viola FÜGEN (Match Factory Productions), Sabina KODRA, Robert BUDINA
    • Synopsis
    • Hana Doda, still a girl, escapes from her destiny of being a wife and a servant, a future
      imposed on women in remote village life in Albania. With the help of her uncle’s guidance,
      Hana appeals to the old Kanun traditional law and takes an oath of eternal virginity for the
      chance to bear a rifle and live free as men. For the villagers, Hana becomes Mark, a “sworn
      virgin”.
      But something restless stirs under these men’s clothes. Years later, the immense Albanian
      mountains and her choice now seem like a prison. Mark decides to set out on a journey,
      too long put off. He travels to Italy, crossing borders into many different worlds: Albania and
      Italy, past and present, masculine and feminine.
      Slowly Mark begins to experience the vertigo of discovering his body, touching other bodies.
      She finds caring, loving people life had taken away, and opens up to an unexpected chance
      of love, which the Kanun had denied her.
      Mark rediscovers Hana, finally piecing back together the two souls that for years have lived
      inside her body. She is reborn as a new, free and complete person.
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