Sworn Virgin

The Jury of the 14th annual Nora Ephron prize at the Tribeca Film Festival praised the film for being « exquisite in its broadness and its intimacy, with a truly original story that touches on gender identity and oppression in a way that members of this jury have rarely seen before […] through a confident, passionate, and beautifully nuanced vision that showed a real respect for the audience ».


Sworn Virgin is the story of a woman who sacrifices her femininity for her freedom, and then decides to wipe out her honour to become a woman again.

It is a journey inside the complexity of women’s universe; a film about being stuck in invisible prisons and then finally learning how to breathe.


  • Firebird Award 2015 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
  • Fipresci Award 2015 (PKO OFF International Festival of Independent Cinema, Kraków)
  • Nora Ephron Prize 2015 (Tribeca Film Festival, New York)
  • Golden Gate Prize for Best New Director 2015 (San Francisco Int. Film Festival)
  • Jury Special Mention 2015 (Festival Internacional de Cine de Valencia – Cinema Jove)


  • 65. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin Wettbewerb, 2015
  • 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2016
  • 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2015
  • 59th BFI London Film Festival, 2015
  • 46th International Film Festival of India, Goa, New Delhi 2015
  • 68° Festival del film Locarno, 2015
  • 39a Mostra Internacional del Cinema de Sao Paulo, 2015




Alba Rohrwacher, Lars Eidinger, Flonja Kodheli, Emily Ferratello


Screenplay: Laura Bispuri, Francesca Manieri
Based on: Vergine giurata by Elvira Dones
Cinematography: Vladan Radovic
Editing: Carlotta Cristiani, Jacopo Quadri
Art Direction: Ilaria Sadun
Sound design: Denis Séchaud
Producers: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Dan Wechsler, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Sabina Kodra
Production: Vivo Film, Colorado Film (IT), Bord Cadre films (CH), The Match Factory Productions (DE), Erafilm Production (ALB)

Technical Data

Format: DCP / colour / 5.1
Runtime: 90′
Released: 2015
Language: Albanian, Italian
Subtitles: English, French


Original title: Vergine Giurata