“For me, film, or any art form, is a way to question the status quo, even to shock. In any case to get a reaction.”
Originally from Kosovo, Luàna Bajrami nabbed her first role in 2011 in Olivier Guignard’s TV movie Adèle’s Choice alongside Miou-Miou, then played the title role of a young adolescent caught up in a whirlwind of school bullying in Marion, 13 ans pour toujours. She went on to play leading roles in two short films: Tommaso Usberti’s Two Youths Died, winner of the Cinéfondation Third Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and Valentin Plisson and Maxime Roux’s Après la nuit (2018). In School’s Out (2018), Sébastien Marnier’s first feature loosely adapted from Christophe Dufossé’s novel of the same name, Luàna Bajrami played “icy Apolline”, the leader of an intellectually precocious group of students facing a substitute teacher played by Laurent Lafitte. In 2019, she starred opposite Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant in Céline Sciamma’s historical drama Portrait of a Lady on Fire, selected in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, which earned her a César Award nomination for Most Promising Actress. That same year, she was in Cédric Kahn’s Happy Birthday. She will appear next in Bruno Podalydès’ French Tech and Samir Guesmi’s Ibrahim. She has just finished the shooting of her first feature film as a director, The Hill Where Lionesses Roar.