The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: KOSOVO, ALBANIA, NORTH MACEDONIA
Run Time: 115 minutes
At the dawn of the Kosovo War, a group of four local theater actors find that their upcoming adaptation of Monty Python’s The Flying Circus has been indefinitely shut down by authorities in Serbia. As fate would have it, the show is serendipitously invited to a theater festival in neighboring Albania. While an exciting proposition, traveling to the festival would require crossing the Balkan borders, which during this uneasy time is a highly risky and illegal endeavor. However, when the actors get word that Monty Python’s own famed Michael Palin will be in attendance, the trip becomes too irresistible and the troupe decides to try their luck. Based on a true story as lived by the filmmaker himself, THE FLYING CIRCUS is a bonkers road movie that is still very much rooted in a harrowing political reality. With its ensemble of four charismatic performers, the feature effortlessly balances tones of comedy, suspense, and real danger with a pliable ease. In the end, the film stands high as a symbol for the infallible idea that art will endure— even in the most trying of times. (In Albanian with subtitles) — R.J.T.
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, April 03, 2020 at 3:50 PM ET
Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 1:30 PM ET
Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 6:45 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
Film Is Art
Armend Smajli, Afrim Muçaj, Shpëtim Selmani, Tristan Halilaj, Velibor Topić