Hanis Bagashov was born in 1999, in Macedonia. He has written and directed several short films and videos, including MISHKO and FACES – all independent productions. Hanis plays one of the main roles in the feature WHEN THE DAY HAD NO NAME by Teona Strugar Mitevska, which premiered at the 67th Berlin Film Festival in Panorama, as well as in several short films and theater plays. In Dec. 2017 he had an exhibition of photographs at the Museum of Contemporary Art-Skopje. Hanis took part in Talents Sarajevo in 2018.
first draft of the script
Atixhe Bunyaku, a 65 years old Albanian Muslim woman from Macedonia, wants to learn how to drive a car and get a driver’s license.
Attached to the project: director
Looking for: producer, co-producer
Keywords: Woman, Muslim, Albanian, Love, Society
2016 FACES, short documentary, director – Four River Film Festival: Best Documentary & Best Cinematography; WatchOut! Film Festival: Best Documentary; AsterFest International Film Festival: Award “Aco Aleksov”
20.EXT. IN FRONT OF ATIXHE’S HOUSE – DAY
Atixhe’s friends, neighbors and neighborhood children have gathered in front of her house. Sabedin is also there (Atixhe’s husband) in a wheelchair, he has no legs – he’s disabled, he lost both legs in the war in Bosna. They are all waiting in front of the house for Atixhe to come out from the garage with the car. The ground’s slightly wet, it has been raining. Atixhe comes out with the car – a red Alfa Romeo (the same car from the photo). She parks the car in front of them. They all congratulate her, but it’s evident that they can’t easily come to terms with the situation.
Atixhe, you’ve really caught us
Bravo Atixhe, we admire you. I have
Saben stares at the car and at Atixhe, tears are running down his face. He’s confused.
Now this is a real Partisan fighter!
Atixhe gets out of the car and puts Sabedin in the passenger seat of the parked vehicle all by herself. Somehow he gets in. She folds the wheelchair and loads it in the back.
Everyone is looking at her, a bunch of children start gathering.
Atixhe gets in the car. The women are talking to each other.
She learned how to drive, she took
a driving license just to make
her husband happy?
One of the children is recording with the smartphone.
Hey, stop that! Shame on you! If I
only get my hands on you! You
brat! Atixhe, you are making a fool
of yourself, allowing these children
to put on the Internet.
He sticks out his tongue and shows his middle finger.
FRIEND 3 (CONT’D)
Look at him, what a brat!
Atixhe starts the car. The children are running after her and recording with their smartphones. Atixhe’s friends are yelling after the children.
“Don’t look, or you’ll get too excited.”