Hive

Director: Blerta Basholli

Film Info

  • Year: 2021
  • Film Format: DCP, Blu-ray and DVD
  • Origin: Kosovo, Switzerland, Macedonia, Albania
  • Runtime: 84 mins
  • Color
  • Language: Albanian
  • Subtitles: English

Coming to theaters on November 5

Sundance triple award winner HIVE is a searing drama based on the true story of Fahrije, who, like many of the other women in her patriarchal village, has lived with fading hope and burgeoning grief since her husband went missing during the war in Kosovo. In order to provide for her struggling family, she pulls the other widows in her community together to launch a business selling a local food product. Together, they find healing and solace in considering a future without their husbands—but their will to begin living independently is met with hostility.

The men in the village condemn Fahrije’s efforts to empower herself and the women around her, starting a feud that threatens their newfound sovereignty—and the financial future of Fahrije’s family. Against the backdrop of Eastern Europe’s civil unrest and lingering misogyny, Fahrije and the women of her village join in a struggle to find hope in the face of an uncertain future.

Winner of the Audience Award, Directing Award, and World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, HIVE is a pithy, devastating portrait of loss and our uphill journeys to freedom.

Hive is a Zeitgeist Films release in association with Kino Lorber. To book this film please contact Nancy Gerstman or Emily Russo.

A press kit, stills, and jpegs of the poster can be downloaded from our Exhibition DropBox. Trailer files and social media assets will be added when available.

Blerta Basholli

Blerta Basholli is a Writer/Director with a unique realistic visual style. Her stories touch upon social and gender issues from the country where she was born and raised, Kosovo.

In 2008 she was awarded with the Deans Fellowship at the Film Graduate Program at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.  She lived in New York City for four years where she had the opportunity to work on several film projects as a student.  Her short film LENA AND ME screened and was awarded at the First Run Film Festival 2011; Dokufest 2011; Skena Up 2011; Tirana International FF 2011; Pogradec Food and Film Festival 2011; 9/11 Film Festival 2012 (Best Actress Award).  Her short film GJAKOVA 726, 2008, was shown at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2009 shorts program, Busho Film Festival 2009– official selection, Doku Fest 2009 - official selection 2009, Toffifest 2009- official selection, Filmmor Women's Film Festival 2009 - official selection.  Her documentary MIRROR, MIRROR…, 2006, was officially selected at the Sarajevo Film Festival 2006; New York International Independent Film and Video Festival 2016; Tirana International Film Festival 2006; Balkan Black Box Film Festival 2006, Berlin.

In 2011, she returned to her birthplace where she wrote/directed and worked on many short and feature films. HIVE is her debut feature, which she has developed since 2011.

“Plenty of evocative moments...Gashi is powerfully, effectively steely as a woman who must take matters into her own hands, even when they are tied by society.” – Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire
“An engrossing, utterly classic tale of overcoming adversity. In its own quiet way, Hive builds a strong storyline around the self-reliance and determination of an uneducated country woman, played with glammed-down but riveting cool by a granite-faced Yllka Gashi.” – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Playdates

Venue City State Date
Virginia Film Festival Charlottesville VA OCTOBER 27-31 IN THEATER
Sonoma Film Festival Sonoma CA OCTOBER 30 VIRTUALLY
FilmColumbia Chatham NY OCTOBER 31 IN THEATRE
South Bay Film Society Redondo Beach CA STARTS NOVEMBER 3 IN THEATRE
Cinema St. Louis St. Louis MO STARTS NOVEMBER 4 IN THEATRE
Film Forum New York NY November 5 -18 IN THEATER
BAMPFA Berkeley CA NOVEMBER 6 and 20 ONLY IN THEATER
Three Rivers Film Festival Pittsburgh PA STARTS NOVEMBER 10 IN THEATRE
Rehoboth Beach Film Festival Rehoboth Beach DE STARTS NOVEMBER 11 IN THEATRE
Fairhope Film Festival Fairhope AL NOVEMBER 12 IN THEATRE
Orinda Theatre Orinda CA STARTS NOVEMBER 12 IN THEATRE
Laemmle's Royal Theater Los Angeles CA OPENS NOVEMBER 12 IN THEATER
Riviera Theatre Santa Barbara CA STARTS NOVEMBER 12 IN THEATRE
SBIFF Riviera Theater Santa Barbara CA OPENS NOVEMBER 12 IN THEATER
Jarvis Theatre Napa CA STARTS NOVEMBER 16 IN THEATRE
Dairy Center for the Arts Boulder CO NOVEMBER 17 - 20 IN THEATER
The Loft (FILM FESTIVAL) Tucson AZ NOVEMBER 18 ONLY IN THEATER
Gateway Film Center Columbus OH STARTS NOVEMBER 19 IN THEATRE
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston TX PLAYS NOVEMBER 11, 2021 IN THEATRE
Northwest Film Forum Seattle WA OPENS NOVEMBER 24 IN THEATER
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago IL STARTS DECEMBER 3 IN THEATRE
Roxy Cinema Potsdam NY DECEMBER 6 IN THEATER
Detroit Institute of Art Detroit MI DECEMBER 10-12 IN THEATRE
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland OH DECEMBER 11 & 12 IN THEATRE
Tropic Cinema Key West FL STARTS DECEMBER 13 IN THEATRE