Hive – FREE CFS Online Film

Our third free CFS Online film is the Kosovan drama Hive (2021). All online films are included in your membership and you can watch it free here by using the code CFSHIVE

Please note: To watch you will first need to set up an account and password with YourScreen, but you will not be required to add your bank details after adding CFSHIVE as the Promo code. Please see your previous Film of the Month email for more details on how to watch.

Female companionship and resilience are key themes in this Sundance Film Festival award-winner which took home the Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award and a Best Director gong in its World Drama competition. Blerta Basholli’s understated yet haunting feature debut, inspired by the true story of Fahrije Hoti, takes an intimate look at the women of Krushä e Madhe village left to pick up the pieces in the wake of the massacre that took place there in the 1998-99 war with Serbia.

Yllka Gashi plays Farhije whose husband went missing and is feared dead. She is left to find a way to survive with her teenage daughter and younger son in a small rural village where she faces a patriarchal culture in which women are prevented from making a living even when there are no male breadwinners. Hive tells the inspiring story of a group of women who, in setting up their own company, defied the barriers with their determination, turning a painful experience into courage and resilience.

Reviews & more:

This is a richly intelligent drama, in which every word and every shot counts.
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

Blerta Basholli’s calmly composed handling of an emotionally-charged true story makes for an outstanding debut feature in Hive. Allan Hunter, Screen International

  • Filmed on location in Kosovo in a neighbouring village as Krusha was destroyed in the war and has since been entirely rebuilt
  • First film in Sundance history to win all 3 main awards
  • In May 22 the E.U. presented Farhije Koti with their European of the Year award
  • Farhije still lives in the village but has moved her business from her home to a factory

CFS members have also been given a 30% discount by YourScreen to the rest of their current titles by using the code CFS30

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