The Remigrant

A Film by Astrit Alihajdaraj


The Remigrant tells a story about Bashkim (50) and his son Besnik (17). They have a lot in common. They both had to leave their homes at their young age. The father had to flee to Austria because of the war in Kosovo and his son has to go back to Kosovo at the request of the father. The return to Kosovo after seventeen years in Vienna is a hard growing up test for both of them. The strong desire for the place of childhood connects and separates father and son at the same time.


  • Picture of Astrit Alihajdaraj © Anjeza Cikopano

    Astrit Alihajdaraj

    Astrit Alihajdaraj grew up in Istog, a small town in northwestern Kosovo. As the political situation in Kosovo escalated, he moved to Vienna to start a new life. Initially he studied economics at the Vienna University of Economic and Business until he was discovered for Barbara Albert ́s cinema debut NORDRAND, which took part in the Film Festival in Venice in 1999. Immediately afterwards, he got several further engagements and eventually trained to be an actor at the Vienna Film School. There, he also discovered his love for the theatre. He is currently working on stage as well as in film and TV productions. The Remigrant is his first film as director.

Awards + Festivals

  • DOKUFEST (National Competition, Premiere, Prizren, Kosovo)August 9, 2017
    TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (National Competition, Tirana, Albania) November 6, 2017
  • THIS HUMAN WORLD (Screening, Vienna, Austria)December 8, 2017
  • 1st LINZ INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Linz, Austria)October 11, 2018
  • EUROPANORAMA 2018 (Official Selection, Oslo, Norway)November 1, 2018
  • 7th SOUQ FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Milan, Italy)November 16, 2018
  • 4th RED CARPET HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Gaza, Gaza Strip)November 22, 2018
    BEYOND EARTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)December 22, 2018
  • 9th QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)February 14, 2019
  • 1st NORTH EUROPE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FUSION ISFF (Official Selection, London, United Kingdom)February 19, 2019
  • EUROPANORAMA 2019 (Official Selection, Riga, Latvia)February 26, 2019
    2nd MOSCOW SHORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)February 28, 2019
  • 5th BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beeston Nottingham, United Kingdom)March 13, 2019
  • 2nd TAOBA INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tbilisi, Georgia)April 11, 2019
  • 8th INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bursa, Turkey)April 12, 2019
  • 5th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nicosia, Cyprus)May 6, 2019
  • 8th KO:SH FILM FEST (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)July 2, 2019


Astrit Alihajdaraj
Astrit Alihajdaraj
Astrit Alihajdaraj
Director of Photography
Danny Noordanus
Art Direction
Anna Attems, Leonora Mehmeti
Costume Design
Leonora Mehmeti
Pellumb Ballata
Stefan Fauland
Sound Design
Bernhard Bamberger


Running Time
20:15 min
Shooting Format
Red Digital
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Stereo, 5.1



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