A SHELTER AMONG THE CLOUDS

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A SHELTER AMONG THE CLOUDS·SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018

Besnik, a shepherd with a mental disorder, lives with his elderly father in an Albanian village. His life is filled with nature, cattle, figurines he carves from wood and God he thinks he can talk to.

By chance he discovers that the old mosque in the village used to be a church in the past.

Vilma a restorer from the Monument’s Institute reports that in the past the Muslims agreed to share the mosque with the Catholics, because the closest church to them would be too far to rich.

As Besnik’s father falls ill, his sister Fitore and her family, all Muslim; and Besnik’s elder brother Alban and his family, who have immigrated to Greece and have converted to the Orthodox faith arrive at Besnik’s house. The family is re-united, the warmth and harmony seem to have made a comeback and Besnik is happy.

Vilma and Besnik have art in common; between them it’s born a hide feeling of respect and liking, but Besnik can’t handle this very difficult psychological situation for him.

Upon Besnik’s proposal, Muslim and Catholic villagers discuss to share the space within the mosque for their rites. Some believers from both side, do not seem to agree with this. They think that behind Besnik’s idea is hidden Vilma who’s trying to use Besnik and mock their religion sensibility.

The pater familias, Fadil a former communist still dealing with guilt, because of the psychological trauma he caused to the young Besnik, when he didn’t let him marry a girl from a “declassed” family is now getting worse. He leaves it in his will that the house will go to whichever one of his children will take care of Besnik after his death.

The father passes away and the house ends up divided with walls and new entrances; sister and brother and their families cut all ties between them; pictures of the former dictator Enver Hoxha in the father’s room are replaced with Orthodox icons and Besnik’s living space shrinks so much that he ends up living in the barn.

Disappointed, he decides to leave, with his cattle, from the family’s house in his shelter on a mountaintop.

All this, at the very moment when Vilma is leaving and the village is united in the church-cum-mosque.