Director: Florenc Papas
Screenwriters: Florenc Papas, Ajola Daja
Producer: Eno Milkani
Co-producers: Besnik Krapi, Goran Stojilkovic
DoP: Sevdije Kastrati
Art director: Eri Daka
Costume designer: Borana Gjyzeli
Sound: Igor Popovski
Main cast: Luli Bitri, Jonida Vokshi, Maxwell Guzja, Guljelm Radoja, Sotiraq Bratko, Elidon Aliko, Visar Vishka
Production companies: Bunker Film + (Albania), Circle Production (Kosovo), Award Film & Video (Macedonia)
Production dates: October-November 2017
Funding: Albanian National Center of Cinematography, Kosovo Cinematography Center, EURIMAGES
Developed with the support of the SEE Cinema Network
Status: In Post-Production
After her routine care to her sick in-laws, Rudina goes to pick up her five year old son Orjon from school, then hurries to the port to meet her younger sister Elma, who is returning from Italy after a long absence. When Elma gets off the ferry, Rudina is disappointed to find out that her sister is very pregnant. They set off on a long car journey to the village of their father who keeps calling continuously. Rudina’s plan is to meet their father and head back to her own home to make care for her husband’s parents. As Rudina’s car slowly makes its way across southern Albania, Elma does everything she can to stop her sister from getting to their destination.
As a younger filmmaker coming from a certain generation, I feel tremendous empathy and fascination for these characters. I find myself particularly drawn to this confrontation between the traditional values of our parents and real human values. Perhaps this is the one thing ideology has not been able to impact: the very specific nature of the Albanian family. The characteristics of these clans are often marked by an extremely stubborn and serious father, a long-suffering, hard working mother, and children who attempt to live their own lives but feel they must please their parents. For me as a director, the inner workings and dynamics inside families, Albanian and otherwise, are the compelling material of which great cinema is made. The sisters in my story go to ridiculous lengths to please their father by producing a pretend husband for his benefit, a length that puts their lives in danger. For me, this absurdity perfectly captures the awful, tragic and sometimes humorous social landscape that marks Albania in the past twenty years.
Florenc Papas, born in Albania in 1991, studied film directing and screenwriting iat the Marubi Film Academy in Tirana. After graduation, he developed his craft working in numerous short and feature films, promotional videos, television series and broadcast documentaries. In 2013 he screened his diploma short film If… at several international film festivals. Since 2015, Papas is one of the programmers for the annual Tirana International Film Festival. In 2016 he opened his production company, Tunnelfilm. He is an alumnus of Talents Sarajevo 2015, Berlinale Talents 2016 and First Films First. Open Door will be his debut feature film.