Albanian born filmmaker Florenc Papas studied film directing in the capital, Tirana, at the prestigious Marubi Film Academy. After graduation, he developed his craft working in numerous short films, promotional videos, television series and broadcast documentaries.
Since 2015, Papas has served as one of the film programmers for the annual Tirana International Film Festival as well as TIFF’s doc fest, Docutiff. Florenc Papas is a recent alumni of the Talents Sarajevo and Berlinale Talents.
When the very pregnant Elma returns to Albania from Italy, she and her sister, Rudina, set off on a long auto journey to meet their strict and traditional father, hoping, along the way, to find a man to play the part of Elma’s husband.
Attached to the project: co-writer, director, producer, co-producer
Looking for: co-producer
Keywords: drama, road-movie, tradition, woman, sister, albania, father, abortion, pregnancy, freedom, love
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EXT. WOOD FACTORY – DAY
In an area of work full of wood material and various machinery, GENI, mid-twenties, vaguely handsome, wearing a dusty working suit, is working in an improvised outdoor space.
Near him is found a car with its doors open. From there is
heard loudly a HIP-POP SONG. Shortly, Elma, Rudina and Orjon appear and come closer easy to him.
Just visible, Elma touches Geni on his shoulder. He turns
back and surprised belongs Elma. Both hailed without hearing from the high volume of the music.
Geni beckons and escapes to the car and turns off the car
radio. There is a short pause between Elmes and Rudina which neither see each other.
Geni comes closer. Clearly, the meeting is not going well. Geni clearly had no idea that Elma was pregnant and would bring along her sister and son.
Only Orjon is content, hanging around to take something he
can deal with.
(trying to keep the
So, in general, how have you been?
Geni looks around confused, lost.
Uh, okay, okay, okay. We are all
doing okay. And you?
Extremely uncomfortable, Rudina steals a look at Geni and
Well, as you can see I’m expecting
Geni smiles and nods.
Elma is confused then smiles.
No, no Albanian.
So you’re baby will be Albanian.
Well, there you go.
There you go.
Silence again. Rudina lights up a cigarette. She hands one to Geni. He takes it and lights it up.
Elma looks at Rudina for help. Rudina draw down firmly and then turns to Geni-
We wanted to stop before we got to
where we are going.
You did well. It’s been a long
Silence. Rudina clears her throat. She sees Elma.
But let’s go to the coffee place
not to be standing here. I have a
few minutes free now…
Geni moves towards the path. Rudina turns to Elma while Elma interupts-
Listen, Geni. Before going to the
cafe. Let’s get to the point.
Geni leans back as if Elma is going to slap him across the
How do I say it? I only returned
yesterday. As you see, definitely
pregnant. And daddy doesn’t know
Elma sighs deeply.
And you know what happens in such
I have separated, broken up,
… the father of your child? The
Elma and Rudina nod.
Look, what we want from you is
simple. You just need to come
with us to my father’s house.
Geni turns to Rudina, surprised.
But what do you need me to do?
The sisters turn to each other then back to Geni.
Can you help us?
Geni is genuinely confused.
Rudina stubs her cigarette out into the ashtray.
Can you be the child’s father? I
mean… pretending you are my
Just for a little while. At least
till the baby is born. Don’t
worry. Of course, I can pay you.
Geni lets out a deep breath and pulls back his chair.
(shaking his head)
It’s not possible. I’m already
married. In fact, I also have a
son. And another on the way.
Ah, I see.
It’s been a long time, Elma.
Listen, we don’t need you to go to
city hall or anything like that.
Just come with us when we go to the
village to meet Daddy. That’s all.
We’ll tell him you are going
overseas to work to support the
baby and that’s it. We just need
you for one day. Okay?
No, I cannot do this. I’m sorry.
But why? It’s not like you’re
cheating on your wife and children.
Elma , even for you, this is
This might be the truest thing
anyone has said today.
Elma looks at Rudina, hurt. She puts her head down. Then-
Geni please! Do it for me. I
can’t go home like this. Please…
Geni looks deep on Elma-
OK. You should wait for me to
Elma’s face lights up.
OK. Thank you. But please do not
be late. He is waiting for us.
See you in the main street for 30
minutes at most.
Elma and Rudina nod.
OK. Thank you!
Geni turns and heads towards the path while Rudina, Elma and Orjoni stay in silence for a few moments.
“My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Forest Gump (1994)