Tirana Year Zero

Tirana Year Zero (Tirana, année zéro), is a 2002 Albanian film that tells the story of a young couple in post-communist Albania, at a time when many Albanians left the country in search for a better life abroad. The protagonist of the movie is Nik, who lives in the capital of Albania, Tirana, along with his mother and father. He is in love with a beautiful girl named Klara, who wants to move to Paris to be a model. Nik makes his living with an old truck that belonged to his father, who is now sick, and seemingly dying. Amidst the criticisms of his mother, the confusion and desperation covering the country, and the desire of his girlfriend to leave, Nik is still unsure whether he wants to leave. The film explores the way Nik handles the events of his life.

Directed byFatmir Koçi
Produced byFatmir Koçi *Co-producer - Thierry Lenouvel
Written byFatmir Koçi, Enzo Brandner, and Marco Nicoletti
StarringNevin Meçaj, Emilia Teli
Music byArtem Denissov
CinematographyEnzo Brandner


The film appeared in competition at several film festivals, including Venice (2001); Sarlat, Amiens and Strasbourg; Namur, where it received the SACD prize; and Thessaloniki, where it won the first prize, the Golden Alexander.


  • Nik - Nevin Meçaj
  • Klara - Ermela Teli
  • Martha, Nik's mother - Rajmonda Bulku
  • Kujtim, Nik's father - Robert Ndrenika
  • Günter - Lars Rudolph
  • Linda - Juli Hajdini
  • Virginnie - Laura Pelerins
  • Xhafa - Behar Mera
  • Besim - Birçe Hasko
  • Dessi - Nigda Dako
  • Vladimir - Vladimir Metani
  • Tare - Artur Gorishti
  • Titi - Gëzim Rudi
  • Nexhi - Monika Lubonja
  • Nexhi's daughter - Tea Pasko
  • Nexhi's son - Marini
  • Klara's sister -Blegina Haskaj
  • Klara's Sister's husband - Alfred Muçi
  • City Hall Official - Fatos Sela
  • Drunk Man 1 - Shpëtimi
  • Drunk Man 2 - Muharrem Kurti
  • Gipsy Girl - Jorida Meta
  • Square Police - Ledio Topalli
  • Paolino - Enzo Bianchi
  • Barber - Muharrem Hoxha
  • Thoma - Harilla Viero
  • Barbie - Ardita Mullai
  • Maniac In Train - Lulzim Zeqja
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