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HASHTAG

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

Synopsis:

Zana and Tina, two young girls, are university students and share a living room together. They are hooked on social media and spend most of their time connected to a mobile phone. Zana, also makes special photo sessions to create the virtual life she desperately seeks. Even the people she is related to and who she believes are important, rich and successful, in reality are also fictitious and non-existent people. Zana even organizes teaching sessions on how to create a virtual image of a person. She subordinates Tina and draws her into her world. Tina is in a dilemma. Although she tries to follow Zana, she also tries to learn and acquire knowledge in the field of science that she studies. When Zana's fantasies about virtual life and social media cross the boundaries, Tina opposes her by letting her know that she is there to learn and become someone with knowledge. She warns Zana that with her way of thinking, they will not be able to continue together. The gap between the two friends deepens even more when Tina falls from the exam and threatens Zana that their paths will eventually be divided. Zana continues to create her fake personality and dream that her virtual life will one day become reality. She even makes a serious connection with such a fictional person. But when she meets the 'dream person', she is disappointed because she realizes that that person is an old man whom she has hired as a photographer for her photo sessions. Zana, desperate, returns to the apartment and decides to turn her life around. She continues painting her self-portrait that was left unfinished.


Our Review

To be socially validated has become the new normal. While every likes, comments and shares matters. Whereas it doesn’t matter from whom it comes. Isn’t it after all human nature to have a desire to be liked & belonged? While it gets impossible for some to get it in real life, they switch to the convenience of social media. The length of the film could have been shorter. But its definitely commendable to see the filmmaker's ability to convey the subject, provoke questions and offer answers if any, in a short amount of time.


Lorena Sopi Director | Screenwriter | Producer

She was born in Prishtina - Republic of Kosovo. She studied at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts at the University of Prishtina - branch of film and television directing /four years/ - bachelor. She continued her studies at Yorkville University - Toronto Film School, Ontario in Canada. She graduated with honors in Film Production - Toronto Film School. Lorena Sopi, has worked in various international projects as a screenwriter, editor, producer and director.


Credits

  • Lorena Sopi Director Eternally Child, Ray, Schauerfilm, etc

  • Brikena Sopi Writer

  • Lorena Sopi Producer Eternally Child (Short Film), Ray (Short Film), The Hug of Destiny (Documentary Feature Film) Hashtag (Short Film), etc.

  • Agim Sopi Producer Agnus Dei (Feature Film), Anatema (Feature Film), Eternally Child (Short Film), etc.

  • Vjosa Tasholli Key Cast "Zana"

  • Blerta Gubetini Key Cast "Tina"

  • Bislim Muçaj Key Cast "Photographer" The Man of Earth (Feature Film), Anathema (Feature Film), Could November (Feature Film), etc

Specifications

  • Project Type: Short

  • Runtime: 23 minutes 30 seconds

  • Completion Date: March 30, 2021

  • Production Budget: 12,000 USD

  • Country of Origin: Albania

  • Country of Filming: Kosovo

  • Language: Albanian

  • Shooting Format: Digital 2K /Arri Alexa/

  • Film Color: Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: No

  • Student Project: No





















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