24 July 2010

“I EVEN MET HAPPY GYPSIES” – Tribute to Bekim Fehmiu

In the memory of the late actor Bekim Fehmiu, who passed away recently, DokuFest will organize a special screening of the cult 1967 film SKUPLJAČI PERJA (I EVEN MET HAPPY GYPSIES), directed by Aleksandar Petrović.

In the film that won Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1967, Fehmiu stars as Belii Bora, an
The film will be screened on 31st of July at 22.15h as part of the gala opening in The Riverbed cinema, above the Lumbardhi River, symbolically marking the connection that the late actor had with his hometown Prizren and the River Lumbardhi.

Born in 1936 in Sarajevo, Fehmiu is considered one of the best albanian actors. Fehmiu, was the first Eastern European actor to star in Hollywood during the Cold War, appearing in over 40 films alongside cinematic legends such as Dirk Bogarde, Ava Gardner, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Shaw and Olivia de Havilland.

His book, “Blistavo i Strašno” (GLAMOUR AND HORROR) published in 2001, describes his childhood in Sarajevo, Shkodër and Prizren.

This book marked a comeback into public life, after many years of absence, of this renowned actor. He had retreated from the public eye as a way of protest against the anti-Albanian propaganda at the time.  

Bekim Fehmiu was married to actress Branka Petrić, with whom he lived between Belgrade, Sarajevo and Prizren.

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