Tale from the Past is set in the 1930s and tells the story of a poor village family who arrange a marriage between their grown daughter, Marigo, and the underage son of a wealthy couple. Marigo is in love with a man, but the tradition of arranged marriages forces her to follow through with the absurd ceremony and wed the boy. For the communists, showing the backward customs of Albania before Enver Hoxha was a positive aspect of the film. But beyond that Dhimitër Anagnosti found a wealth of surreal humor in the material, as Marigo wickedly plays her new in-laws against each other in order to break up her unwanted marriage. (Thomas Logoreci)
Dhimitër Anagnosti, born in Albania in 1936, is a director, writer and cinematographer, who, as a young cinema enthusiast, was sent to study in the Soviet Union to learn the craft of motion pictures. Some have labelled Dhimitër Anagnosti as being one of the biggest advocates of ideals during the Enver Hoxha regime, yet several of his documentaries were shelved or censored.
Film Selection: Gjoleka djali i abazit (Father and Godfather, 2007) – Kthimi i ushtrisë së vdekur (Return of the Dead Army, 1989) – Përrallë nga e kaluara (Tale From the Past, 1987) – Kujtime nga Gjirokaster (Memories from Gjirokaster, 1983, doc) – Vëllezër dhe shokë (Brothers and Friends, 1980) – Duel i heshtur (Silent Duel, 1967) – Komisari i dritës (Commissary of the Light, 1966)