Bujar Alimani’s script RAMONA addresses themes such as violence against women, the drama of immigration, and the anguish of choosing between life and death. The film includes themes that are current as much as eternal, subjects that any audience can easily identify with. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with this international award winning writer/director who, besides his sensitivity and professionalism, welcomes the input of the production team, creating an environment of collaboration which leads to synchronized creativity making for an exceptional film.
When I first saw Bujar Alimani’s script RAMONA (2014), the reaction I felt wasn’t the sort elicited by any ordinary independent film. As producers we watch an abundance of movies, some memorable, some forgettable, others exhaustively drab. RAMONA for me, is an instant classic. The script brings family relationships to a head in a way that is universally relatable, wonderfully honest, and very true. I like the dialogue between the characters which in many instances is in RAMONA’s native language Spanish — thereby allowing the characters to display genuine emotion towards each other, their situations, and their surroundings. The quiet, observing moments make an unforgettable impression; they are beautifully tonal, almost lyrical.
It is indeed my duty as a producer to seek stories like RAMONA and make sure they find their way into the theater screen. The script is with such a unique and inspired voice about RAMONA, this independent woman that goes through so much and yet finds a way to care for so many, I realized that this was my calling. I am confident that this independent film RAMONA will be a wonderful cinematic experience for audiences of all strata, inspiring hope in anyone who’s felt the grind of life wear them down, or struggled to find their place in this chaotic fast-passed world, or continues their struggles. This is a film based in reality and like real life it waivers between the highs and lows that we all experience. Confronting, thought provoking, heart breaking – a great story for an audience from twenty years of age onwards – uplifting, tragic and cathartic a constant in all Bujar Alimani’s masterpieces.