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

Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel

Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel

In 1998 Ben Jakober and Yannick Vu collaborated on an obvious remake of Marcel Duchamp’s Roue de Bicyclette, his first “readymade” object. Duchamp combined a bicycle wheel, a fork and a stool to create a machine which served no purpose, subverting accepted norms of art. 

At The Well

At The Well

Tadeusz Ajdukiewicz discovered the Orient in 1877, touring Syria, Egypt, Turkey, and the Crimea with Władysław Branicki. This experience made a profound impression on him, and he was to continuously revisit Eastern themes in his works for the rest of his life. 

Rational Medicine in Byzantium

Rational Medicine in Byzantium

Byzantine medical art was grounded in the Greco-Roman medicine transmitted by Hippocrates and Galen and new concepts introduced by such physicians as Oribasios of Pergamon, Aetius of Amida, Alexander of Tralles and Paul of Aegina.