European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022
European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022

Freestyle to Montenegro

by Ardit Sadiku

(Documentary, Albania, 2021, 72’, C, En ST)

Freestyle to Montenegro

In 1987, Tonin Gjini swam to Yugoslavia to flee Enver Hoxha’s Communist regime. He did not return home until 30 years later. This documentary tells the story of this uncommon Albanian swimmer.


“I would like viewers to feel the impact this exploit had, not only on Ginji, but also on those who remained behind in Albania, whose past still remains contested today.” Ardit Sadiku, exit.al

Ardit Sadiku
Ardit Sadiku

Ardit Sadiku is an Albanian filmmaker. He began to make his first short subjects when he was still a teenager. His work reflects questionings and social tensions in Albania, such as attitudes toward mental illness or the role of mass media. Before Freestyle to Montenegro, he made Life between the Water (2017), The Forgotten Mountain (2018) and Encounter in the Air (2019) which have been shown in several festivals in Europe and the United States.

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