The Builders of Happiness
Albanian Cinema

October 23 - November 14, 2020

In its new program, Pera Film offers an insight to the era explored in the exhibition Constructing A Dream on view at Pera Museum, inviting the audience to a journey through Albanian cinema. The program titled The Builders of Happiness features three films shot in Albania in recent years, with a special focus on Albanian social realism. The films tell the stories of characters who strive to build a new beginning, a happy and ideal world in their own lives.

Running from October 23rd to November 14th, the program includes Bota, which impeccably evokes the atmosphere of a place where the past encroaches upon individuals' life, with a period score and enthralling long shots; Babai, filmed entirely from the perspective of a child and critically acclaimed for its exploration of the migration theme and the complicated bond between a father and a son in a problematic situation; and Open Door, a road movie which forges an extraordinary narration around the themes of sisterhood and patriarchal family traditions, and had its world premiere in the competition program of last year's Sarajevo Film Festival.

Screening tickets are 10 TL (reduced museum admission). Tickets are available at Biletix. As per legal regulations, all our screenings are restricted to persons over 18 years of age, unless stated otherwise.

October 23

18:00 Open Door

October 24

15:00 Father

October 31

15:00 Bota

November 4

18:00 Father

November 7

15:00 Open Door

November 14

15:00 Bota

Bota

Bota

Father

Father

Open Door

Open Door

Program Trailer

The Builders of Happiness
Albanian Cinema

In its new program, Pera Film offers an insight to the era explored in the exhibition Constructing A Dream on view at Pera Museum, inviting the audience to a journey through Albanian cinema. 

Constructing a Dream

The exhibition focused on Albanian socialist realism through painting, poster and drawings, and it offered a selection of artworks produced under the dictatorship that aimed to spread socialism’s main principles among the proletarian.

Constructing a Dream

Baby King

Baby King

1638, the year Louis XIV was born –his second name, Dieudonné, alluding to his God-given status– saw the diffusion of a cult of maternity encouraged by the very devout Anne of Austria, in thanks for the miracle by which she had given birth to an heir to the French throne. Simon François de Tours (1606-1671) painted the Queen in the guise of the Virgin Mary, and the young Louis XIV as the infant Jesus, in the allegorical portrait now in the Bishop’s Palace at Sens.

The Big Country

The Big Country

When the Royal Academy of Arts offered Stephen Chambers the opportunity to produce new work for a focused exhibition in the Weston Rooms of the Main Galleries, Chambers turned to print and the possibilities it offered.

Serpent Head

Serpent Head

The Greek god Apollo and his son Asklepios presided over the realm of medicine and healing. Apollo was also the god of light and sun, whose solar symbolism and association with medicine would become linked to Christ the Physician, and the resurrected.