Review of “Patriotic Highway” (2019)
Seen in 2019.
I saw the 58-minute cut on TV, as opposed to the 70-minute cut at GIFF.
International judge Marie Tuma presides over one of the Eulex corruption trials of Fatmir Limaj in Kosovo. A “hero” of the war of liberation in the breakup of Yugoslavia, the Kosovo-Albanian Limaj stands accused of enriching himself off of highway construction contracts while serving as Kosovo’s minister for transportation. He is proud of resisting pressures toward privatization.
Necessarily ugly. It’s a useful meditation on the subject but there is no fun to be had shooting court proceedings from the back of the room. Appropriately, there are no simple answers.