A Shelter Among the Clouds

Directed by Robert Budina
Pluto Film Distribution Network GmbH
83 Minutes
Albania, Romania
Drama, Romance
Not Rated
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Besnik is a lonely shepherd and devoted Muslim, haunted by unfulfilled love. The son of a Catholic mother and a formerly Communist father, he lives in an Albanian mountain community where, for years, Christians and Muslims have coexisted peacefully. Conflict, unfortunately, arises with the sudden discovery that the village's ancient mosque was originally a church. Caught up in the unrest, Besnik struggles to keep his multi-faith family together as the tensions around them rise.

  • Highest Rating
    "Slow-burning but visually arresting, this film evocatively captures the collision between tradition and modernity; and the schisms between the uneasily coexisting cultures."
    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "Robert Budina's feature is a stirring, masterfully photographed tale about faith, family and sacrifice."
    Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News
  • Highest Rating
    "Religious and family tensions are explored with care and sensitivity in Robert Budina's lovingly shot Albanian drama. "
    Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film

Awards & Recognition

Global Vision Award
Cinequest San Jose Film Festival
Best Small Nation Film
Valletta Film Festival
Grand Prize
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival