The cinema of Albania had its start in the years
The first public showing to occur in Albania was a
little known title, Paddy the Reliable; a comical
story detailing the afterlife events of a man who
was so distracted by trivial matters that he was
unable to attend his own funeral. These showings
began in the cities of Shkodėr and Korēė; these
showings were of foreign films. The first Albanian
films were mostly documentaries, the first film
being about the Monastir Congress that sanctioned
the Albanian alphabet in 1908.
The Communist period
After World War II, the communist government
founded the Albanian Film Institute in 1945, which
became Kinostudio Shqipėria e Re in 1952. This was
followed by the first Albanian epic film,
Skėnderbeu, a cooperation with Soviet artists
chronicling the life and fight of Albanian
national hero Skanderbeg. The film won an award
from the Cannes Film Festival. Two other known
films from the time are Fėmijėt e saj (Her sons)
and Tana. Tana is known as the first Albanian
movie, and also as the first movie that has a kiss
scene in the history of the Albanian movies.
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During the 1990s, the change of the communist form
of government to a more democratic one led to a
big change in the Albanian cinema. The big
conglomerate Kinostudio of old was broken up into
several smaller studios, movies started to be
produced in private studios by the old directors
and even some foreign ones, but in conjunction
with the new National Center of Cinematography (Qendra
Kombėtare e Kinematografisė).
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