Tinka Kurti

Last updated

Tinka Kurti
Tinka Kurti.jpg
Kurti in 2006
Tinka Ded Thani [1]

(1932-12-17) 17 December 1932 (age 90) [2]
Years active1948–present
Palok Kurti
(m. 1951;died 1997)
Awards Titulli "Artist i Popullit".svg People's Artist

Tinka Kurti ( née Thani; born 17 December 1932) is an Albanian actress. [3] Her body of work, spanning 60 years, includes more than 50 feature movies and 150 theatre plays has been awarded her with the People's Artist of Albania medal.



Tinka was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (then part of Yugoslavia) to an Albanian father and Hungarian mother. She was the oldest of four children. At a young age her family returned to the city of Shkodra in northern part of Albania. It is in Shkodra where she would spend most of her life and join the theatre at a young age.

In 1947 she was expelled from the Liceu Artistik (School of Arts) in Tirana and was never able to graduate. However, this did not stop her from pursuing her acting career. She made her first theatre appearance at the age of 16, a minor role, in the play Dasma Shkodrane (Wedding from Shkodra.) From 1949 she became a member of the Theatre Migjeni in Shkodra where she was part of over 120 plays (dramas and comedies). Such plays include "Gjaku i Arbrit", "Histori Irkutase", "Toka Jonë", "Fisheku në pajë" and "Fejesa e Çehovit".

Kurti did not limit herself only to theatre and decided to try film too. In 1958, she was chosen as the leading female role in the first Albanian feature film "Tana". What followed was an endless series of film roles that would rightfully make her name a treasure of Albanian art. Some include Mother Pashako in "Yjet e netëve të gjata", the Mother in Çifti i lumtur, Sinjorina Mançini in Vajzat me kordele të kuqe, the Grandmother in Zemra e Nënës.

Two cinemas in Tirana and Durres are named after her. The same is the school of Lekbibaj (a village of Albania).

In 2003, the Albanian director, Esat Teliti, made a bibliographical documentary as a tribute to her life. It was simply named "Tinka". [4]

Kurti continues her acting career. She once said: "I don't fear the old age, not even death. But, I do fear the senility of the brain, and when that moment will come, I think I would be dead twice. That's why I want to work." [5]

Personal life

Tinka was married with Palok Kurti in 1951 until his death in 1997. [6] They had a son named Zef Kurti who died in March 6, 2018 at 65 from a heart attack. [7]

After her son's death in January 2022, she published her biographical book called "Diary of a husband" [8]


Sofia Film 2022

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">National Center of Cinematography (Albania)</span>

The National Center of Cinematography is the largest film distributor and film production company in the cinema of Albania connected with over 700 films between 1947 and 2012. The studio has produced and distributed the vast majority of Albanian films. Especially important was its work in the 1970s and 1980s when the studio averaged 75–80 movies per year.

Dafina Zeqiri, also known mononymously as Dafina, is a Swedish-born Kosovo-Albanian singer.

Tana is an Albanian feature film, produced by the "New Albania" Film Studio. The movie premiered on 17 August 1958. The film was directed by Kristaq Dhamo, and written by Kristaq Dhamo, Fatmir Gjata, and Nasho Jorgaqi. The music was also composed by Çesk Zadeja. The film was entered into the 1st Moscow International Film Festival. The film is often cited as the first feature length film produced fully in Albania.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Llazi Sërbo</span> Albanian actor

Llazi Sërbo was an Albanian actor.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Violeta Manushi</span> Albanian actress

Violeta Manushi was an Albanian actress. She was honored with the People's Artist of Albania. She is best known in Albania for her portrayal of Teto Ollga, a symbolic character which followed her for much of her career.

Rajmonda Bulku is an Albanian actress and former politician of Democratic Party of Albania. She appeared in numerous films and theatres as well as Zonja nga Qyteti, Duaje emrin tënd, Të Paftuarit, Vitet e pritjes, Kthimi i Ushtrisë së vdekur and Vdekja e kalit.

Gëzim Erebara was an Albanian film director, screen player, translator and cinematography historian of the second half of the 20th century. He studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in 1947–51 but was repatriated few months before graduation for political reasons by the then Communist Government of Albania. He worked in the state owned "Kinostudioja Shqiperia e Re" from 1957 to 1986 and authored or co-authored some of the most important movies.

Nicholas Dukagjini was an Albanian nobleman of the Dukagjini family in the 15th century. He was the son of Pal Dukagjini, one of the founding members of the League of Lezhë. Nicholas Dukagjini fled to Italy after the second Siege of Shkodra in 1479, but is well known for the return to his homeland two years later, together with Skanderbeg’s son Gjon Kastrioti and other noblemen to lead the armed movement against the Ottomans.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Elvana Gjata</span> Albanian singer and songwriter (born 1987)

Elvana Gjata is an Albanian singer, songwriter and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Tirana, she has been referred to as a "Diva of Albanian music". She rose to recognition in Albania and other Albanian-speaking territories in the Balkans following the release of her two studio albums, Mamës (2007) and Afër dhe larg (2011). The singer saw further success through many acclaimed singles, as well as her extended plays 3 (2018) and Çelu (2021), and has achieved multiple number one singles in the Albanian singles chart. Gjata has also received numerous awards and accolades, including two Balkan Music Awards, a Festivali i Këngës Award, four Kënga Magjike Awards and a Top Fest Award.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Pandi Raidhi</span> Albanian actor

Pandi Raidhi was an Albanian film and theatre actor, and recipient of the People's Artist of Albania recognition.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Skënder Luarasi</span> Albanian scholar and activist

Skënder Petro Luarasi was an Albanian scholar, writer and anti-fascist activist.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robert Jashari</span> Albanian footballer and coach (1938–2022)

Robert Jashari, also known as Bert Jashari, was an Albanian football player, who played for Partizani Tirana and the Albania national team. He won the National Championship six times between 1957 and 1964 with Partizani Tirana and he was the top goalscorer in the National Championship in three consecutive seasons between 1962 and 1965, with 18, 9 and 14 goals respectively. He scored a total of 69 league goals for Partizani.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fatmir Gjata</span> Albanian writer

Fatmir Gjata (1922–1989) was a prominent Albanian writer of Socialist Realism.

The second season of the Albanian reality talent show The Voice Kids Albania began airing on January 19, 2018 and ended on April 20, 2018, being broadcast on a weekly basis on Top Channel.

Roza Anagnosti is an Albanian film and stage actress, and the wife of director Dhimitër Anagnosti. She is known for Fijet që priten (1976), Mësonjëtorja (1980) and Detyrë e posaçme (1963).

Butrint Imeri is a Kosovo-Albanian singer and dancer.

Thimi Filipi was an Albanian actor who was often cast in the roles of fathers, grandfathers, elders and Germans.

DhorkëOrgocka was an Albanian actress.

Agim Shuka Was a famous Albanian film and stage actor.


  1. "Shkodra Daily".
  2. "altcine - Tinka Kurti". altcine.com. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  3. "Tinka Kurti: Një "T" mes yjeve nga Sarajeva". shqiperia.com. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  4. Tinka Kurti: Shkela cdo bestytni per puthjen e pare te filmit shqiptar
  5. The Two Albanian Families Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. "Lec Kurti, kompozitori dhe diplomati i shquar shkodran". www.forumishqiptar.com. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  7. "Vdiq nga një atak në zemër, kush ishte djali i vetëm i aktores Tinka Kurti". www.balkanweb.com (in Albanian). Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  8. "Renowned Tinka Kurti in Tears Talking for Late Husband, Son". ALBANIA DAILY NEWS. Retrieved 13 May 2022.