Isa Qosja


Isa Qosja (born in Vuthaj, Montenegro in 1949) is an Kosovar film director. After gymnasium he studied dramatic art and acting in faculty of Prishtina. After that he studied Academy of Film, Theater, Radio and Television in Belgrade.

Isa Qosja is the author of many artistic and documentary films, among the best known is "Proka" which has featured in many international festivals, including the RIFJ Cannes. His second feature film, "Rojat e Mjegullës" (Guards of Fog) (1988) dealt with the suffering and treatment of Albanians in time of the great communist repression.
In 2005 he directed Kukumi. In 2014 he directed "Tri Dritare dhe Nje Varje" (Three Windows and a Hanging), which became the first Kosovan film to be submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


List of awards that projects of Isa Qosja have been rewarded with:

  • 1987 « ROJET E MJEGULLËS »
  • Best original music - Pula Festival 1987
  • The best film - Pardubice
  • 1985 « PROKA »
  • Grand Prix on RIFJ, Cannes, 1986
  • Prix des Jury de Jeunes aux Rencontres Internationales du Film et Jeunesse de RIFJ, Cannes, 1986
  • 2nd Prize of the Public RIFJ, Canes 1986
  • 2005 « KUKUMI »
  • Special Jury Prize, Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • 62 Mostra International Cinematography di Venetia, Regione di Venetio, Award 2005
  • Sophie International film Festival - “NISIMASA” Award, 2006
  • The best film - Albanian Film Festival, Tirana, 2006
  • The best Director - Albanian Film festival, Tirana, 2006
  • The best feature film, drama - Spokane International Film Festival USA, 2006
  • Grand Prize - Film festival Cinema des authors in Morocco, 2007
  • Best Twenty Five Films in the last twenty five years in Vienna Film Festival.
  • Postproduction Award, Sarajevo Film Festival
  • Sarajevo Film Festival – Cineuropa Award
  • Cottbus Film Festival- Germany, Special Mention Award
  • Cottbus Film Festival- Germany, Dialogue award for Intercultural Communication.
  • Luxemburg City Film Festival Prize de la critique
  • Berlin -Cinema for Peace and Justice Award
  • Durres International Film Festival- Golden Gladiator
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival - Cinema without borders Award
  • Cyprus Film Festival- Best Film Award
  • Cyprus Film Festival - Student Jury Award
  • Best of Best Award - Washington Film Festival
  • Heartland Film Festival - Narrative Feature award Winner
  • Festival International du cinema Mediterranean de Montpellier– Critic Award
  • Festival International du cinema Mediterranean de Montpellier– Nova Award
  • Jerusalem International Film Festival – Best Feature Film Award
  • International Crime and Punishment Film Festival - Istanbul –Best Feature Film Award
  • Arpa International Film Festival – Best Screenplay
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Audience Award
  • Roshford Film Festival – Best Feature Film
  • Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival – Grand Prix of the City of Tetouan



A woman from a village decides to speak before an international female journalist about the rape during the war. She testifies about what has happened to her and three other women from that village. The men who understand that the woman who has spoken is the village teacher, exert pressure on her and their wives because of the rape and destruction of the village authority due to this event.

KUKUMI - 2005

The first postwar morning of Kosova in a mental health institution. From the institution, abandoned by the Serbian guards who left the doors open, many patients come out. We want to know more about three of them. They wander around “free” Kosova hoping to get to know the freedom but since they do not experience that freedom as they have though it to be, they decide to go back to the institution where they have left from, having now more handicapped experiences of freedom.



In Tito's time, when the police system of Aleksandar Ranković exercised violence on Albanian population, an intellectual also suffers the consequences of this state terror. The causes must not be looked for, but consequences should be seen since there was no need for causes at that time. It was enough to be Albanian.

PROKA - 1985

In an unidentifiable village, life goes on under the condition of draught and idleness. The only man who tries to overcome these two events is ignored and tortured by the others only because he is different from them.


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