Official Selection


Drama, Comedy
World Premiere

The Flying Circus

Lendav Tsirkus
Cirku Fluturues
Director: Fatos Berisha
Country: Kosovo, Albania, North-Macedonia
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:55
Language: Albanian
Producer: Vjosa Berisha
Screenwriter: Fatos Berisha
DoP: Almir Djikoli
Editor: Faris Dobraca
Cast: Armend Smajli, Tristan Halilaj, Afrim Muçaj, Shpetim Selmani, Velibor Topic
Production: B2 agency


At the beginning of the Kosovo war, the theatre play “The Flying Circus”, inspired by Monty Python, is closed down by Serbian authorities. The play is, however,  invited to a theatre festival in neighbouring Albania. Crossing the border at this time is of great danger, but when the four actors hear that Michael Palin, one of the actors of Monty Python will be in Albania at the same time as the festival, they decide to try their luck. They embark on a dangerous mission, crossing Balkan borders illegally and encounter many obstacles, to get to the festival and fulfill the dream to meet their idol.

This year it is the 50th anniversary of Monty Python's Flying Circus and director and writer Fatos Berisha is paying a tribute to the comic TV series of the 1970ies. This surreal road movie is actually a true story that the director lived himself, Berisha manages extremely well to keep the audience entertained with suspense, fear, and humor. We effectively become companions with our heroes on their endeavour rooting for them to achieve their dream. Doing what one loves the most -  isn't that what freedom is all about?

Claudia Landsberger


Fatos Berisha is a film, television and theatre director educated in Faculty of Arts is University of Prishtina.  He has worked on many projects in theatre, television and film, including directing of famous Kosovar TV series "Familja Moderne" which was one of the most famous and adored TV series in Kosovo during the period 2002-2009. He’s also co-founder of theatre company ‘Urban Theatre of Prishtina’. Since 2011 he is member of European Film Academy. "The Flying Circus" is his second full-length feature film.
Director's filmography: Tensioni i larte (2007, TV drama), Circu Fluturues (The Flying Circus, 2019)

Wed, November 27, 2019


Coca-Cola Plaza, iSense Saal, Tallinn

Screening code: 130102
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Q&A guests: Vjosa Berisha, Fatos Berisha, Armend Smajli, Tristan Halilaj, Afrim Mucaj, Shpetim Selmani, Leke Berisha, Vedat Bajrami, Maylinda Kosumovic
Screening duration: 02:25
Language: Albanian

Fri, November 29, 2019


Elektriteater, Tartu

Screening code: 151801
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Screening duration: 01:55
Language: Albanian

Sun, December 1, 2019


Kino Artis, Saal 1, Tallinn

Screening code: 171503
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Screening duration: 01:55
Language: Albanian






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