Scriptwriter of the Month: Armend Smajli

Armend Smajli graduated acting from the Faculty of Arts in Prishtina (Kosovo). Although he considers acting his primary field of work, in the previous years he started working on his scripts a bit more, too.

If you want to check what he’s working on at the moment you can check his MTSW profile here.

As always, we give you Armend’s answers to our 8.

  • What makes the 5 films on your Top 5 list so special?

PARRULLAT / SLOGANS by Gjergj Gjuvani is emotional, fragile, and dark comedy about Communism in Albania.

HUNGER by Steve McQueen tells through acting-dialogue how much persistence, faith and unbreakable ideals humans can when fighting for freedom.

HUNGRY HEARTS by Saverio Costanzo shows that our beliefs can sometimes draw the others, even our loved ones away from us. That is especially true when those beliefs are imposed at all costs, even if it only has to do with how we and our children should eat.

  • Why did you decide to go into film?

When I was a child, the father of my friend was working at the local cinema. He always made it possible for us to see the movies for free, except those days when porn movies where shown. From that time, films and cinema were always in my thoughts and dreams.

  • Commercial films or art house?

I would not exclude either one. As in any profession, in art as well, ideal exist, to make a masterpiece and to sell it, too. This is the hardest way, very few artists can achieve this, but it is good that not everyone can do this. Luckily, many histories of film tell us this is possible.

  • How and when did you begin writing?

Two weeks after I became a father. It was 2016 when I decided to share my scripts with friends and colleagues. I was ashamed earlier to share scripts with others. I don’t know how this courage came to me. Perhaps the birth of my daughter changed me.

  • Where do you like to write the most?

At home.

  • What kind of music do you listen while writing?

When I’m listening to music, I get inspired. But when I write, I prefer to write without music.

  • Where do ideas come from?

Memories, inequality, politics, travel.

  • If you could go anywhere in space and time, where would that be?

A beautiful mountain with a sea in the front would be ok at any time.