From May 13th to 20th, 2001
Tirana was the shooting location of
"Monte Dajti", an Italian movie production by
"Caviar Produzioni". The author and director is Mr.
Carmine Fornari , director of photography Mr.
Felice De Maria , and producer
This movie describes a second world war love
story of a young Italian boy with an Albanian girl. They tried to
run away to Italy but just accidentally they part with each other to
get together again in Tirana after 50 years. The Albanian girl
Sara is in her last breath.
This film has been considered by the Italian Ministry
of Culture to be a very important national project.
The supportive service for
the realization of the shootings of this movie in Albania was
provided by "Fasada
The assistance consisted in settings, shootings, supernumerary casting
(around 50 people), costumes, scenery, transport , accommodation and
Antonio Fusco, is highly satisfied with the collaboration
studio and he is enthusiastic for further mutual projects.
(swiss actress) main character in the clothes of an albanian young
Felice De Maria DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY & Carmine Fornari DIRECTOR
Andrea is a young conjurer, who works in provincial theatres and
lives on the periphery of the law. Because of a bad mistake with the
police, he must run away. He accepts a contract in Albania at the
Grand Hotel Dajti, a hotel that takes its name from the mountain
behind Tirana. He meets an Albanian girl, Sara, with whom he gets
Together they give incredible illusionist shows for which he becomes
famous. The police finds him, so Andrea, Sara and little Emir have
to flee to Italy. It is 1944, the end of World War 2, Sara is shot,
just when she is trying to get on the boat that will take them to
Italy, and she disappears in the sea. Andrea and his son arrive in
Italy and remain in a small village on the coast of Puglia.
He is convinced that his wife is dead and the guilt eats him alive.
After a while, his son dies too from an incurable disease. Andrea
sets himself up as the village sorcerer: he predicts the future and
speaks with the dead.
Forty years later, Pinuccio goes to see Andrea, he has the proof
that his Sara is still alive.
Pinuccio is an orphan, he has escaped from a shelter, and he “works”
with the mob engaged in smuggling by sea. He feels a deep desire for
a family that he never had. When Pinuccio meets Andrea their
relationship becomes deeper and deeper. In a continuos flashback,
Andrea tells Pinuccio his life story and Pinuccio accompanies him on
a return journey to today Albania in search for Sara, among old
friendships, Andrea’s past, his story and his ghosts.
Andrea has a great charming influence on Pinuccio, with his ability
to transform appearance into reality, credibility into trust. Andrea
changes their journey into an experience of life. Andrea conveys his
sense of magic in everyday life and his intense relationship with
the world to Pinuccio. Sara is dying in her bed. This last meeting
with Andrea can heal the old wounds, cancel any guilt and, above
all, reunite a family destroyed by time and war. Andrea manages to
reunite their family in front of Sara’s dying eyes, introducing
Pinuccio as their son. Like a great conjurer’s trick that allows the
old lady to smile, hugging the son she believed lost, so she can
finally close her eyes with a soft expression on her face. Sara
dies, as if by chance. Pinuccio realises that he does not need
Andrea anymore, but Andrea does need him. The journey is over, but
they are not alone anymore.
Grigor Stavri (Fasada), Felice De Maria (Caviar), Ilir Butka (Film
16 febbraio, 2001
Caviar Produzioni ha realizzato le riprese in Albania del film
“Hotel Dajti” con la collaborazione della Fasada Studio e Tirana
Film Commission, con la presente siamo lieti di comunicarvi la
nostra totale soddisfazione per il lavoro da voi svolto come
l’organizzazione generale, il casting, la maestranze, i mezzi
tecnici, i costumi ecc., ma soprattutto per la grande disponibilita
ancora per la vostra collaborazione vi
porgo cordiali saluti.
CAVIAR PRODUZIONI s.r.l