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THE FLYING CIRCUS

by Fatos Berisha

synopsis

The Flying Circus is a surrealistic black comedy based on true events. Kosovo is on the verge of war. Dodona, a small theatre in Prishtina, is the last public institution to be closed down. The four protagonists, young actors Kushtrim (Armend Smajli), Donat (Afrim Mucaj), Fatmir (Shpetim Selmani) and Lekë (Tristan Halilaj), of the play "The Flying Circus" inspired by legendary British TV series 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'', see the poster of their play being removed from the theatre walls. Their theatre performance is invited to perform in a theatre festival in Albania. However, the road is dangerous, and they have no passports to cross the border. Despite the temptation, initially they decide not to go. But then Fatmir hears on the news that Michael Palin of the Monty Python crew will be filming in Albania during the festival days. They cannot resist the idea that they might get to meet their idol. However, the only way to get to Albania is by illegally crossing the border of Montenegro and Albania, which comes with a great risk.

international title: The Flying Circus
original title: Cirku Fluturues
country: Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Fatos Berisha
screenplay: Fatos Berisha
cast: Velibor Topic, May-Linda Kosumovic, Tristan Halilaj, Bislim Muçaj, Fisnik Ademi, Refet Abazi, Luan Jaha, Besart Sllamniku, Armend Smajli, Armond Morina, Afrim Muçaj, Shpëtim Selmani
cinematography by: Almir Djikoli
film editing: Vladimir Pavlovski
costumes designer: Desantila Lika
music: Ognen Anastasovski
producer: Vjosa Berisha
co-producer: Valon Bajgora, Agon Uka
line producer: Besnik Krapi
production: B2 Kosovo, B2 Albania, Black Cat Production, Ikonë Studio
backing: Kosovo Cinematography Center (XK), Albanian National Center of Cinematography (AL), North Macedonia Film Agency (MK)
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