The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider

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The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider
Directed by Piro Milkani, Eno Milkani
Produced by Piro Milkani
Jana Tomsová
Written by Piro Milkani
Radek Šofr
Starring Nik Xhelilaj
Anna Geislerová
Tomáš Töpfer
Michele Placido
Arta Dobroshi
Barbora Stepánová
Violeta Manushi
Music by Milan Kymlicka
Cinematography Miro Gábor
Afrim Spahiu
Distributed by CinemArt
Release date
  • March 14, 2008 (2008-03-14) (Albania)
  • May 29, 2008 (2008-05-29) (Czech Republic)
Running time
104 minutes
Country Albania
Czech Republic
Language Czech

The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider, also known as The Sadness of Mrs. Schneider or The Sadness of Mrs. Snajdrova (Albanian: Trishtimi i zonjës Shnajder, Czech: Smutek paní Snajdrové) is an Albanian-Czech romantic drama film directed by Piro Milkani and Eno Milkani. It is a movie of strong autobiographical elements and includes a three-nation cast: Albanian-Czech-Italian. It was released in 2008 and was the Albanian submission of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for that same year,[2] but wasn't nominated.


It is 1961 and an Albanian student (Nik Xhelilaj) of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, together with a group of Czech students, is shooting his graduate movie on a motorcycle factory, in the small market-town of Český Šternberk, in then Czechoslovakia. Coming from a country that is completely isolated from the rest of Europe, he is fascinated by the lifestyle, society and "erotic exuberance" of the Czech golden youth, yet feeling strong links with his family in his homeland. He falls in love with a married woman (Anna Geislerová), the wife of a police superintendent (Paolo Buglioni) and is insecure about his future.[3]



  1. ^ Release dates for The Sadness of Mrs. Snajdrova
  2. ^ ""Trishtimi i zonjës Shnajder", në garën për cmimin Oskar" (in Albanian). 27 October 2008. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  3. ^ "The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider". Film affinity. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 

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