Dramaturgy, Academy of Arts, University of Prishtina, Kosovo – final year
Kushtrim Asllani is in his last year of studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Prishtina. He has worked on many documentaries, short films and theatre plays as an assistant director and co-writer. In the previous year he wrote and directed a kids play and a short documentary. His first short film was shot in 2017 with an iPhone 6 but has been successful internationally and locally, won awards and has been selected for the festivals around the world.
A woman is struggling to balance her and her children’s life, once her husband decides to preserve the body of a dead soldier in their fridge and put their life’s at risk.
Attached to the project: director, co-producer
Looking for: producer, co-producer
Keywords: war, drama, character study, horror, nightmares, compulsive disorder, relationships
2018 THE CODING OF LUTE, documentary, director/screenwriter/editor
2016 THE GARBAGE, short, director/producer – Forbes Under 30 Summit Film Festival in Boston: Best short film shot with cell-phone, Ferfilmfestival: Special Prize,Youth Film Festival in Prishtina: Second place, Green Film Festival in Obiliq: First place
INT. SLEEPING ROOM-NIGHT.
A room filled with blue light from the moon. Vjosa and Korab are sitting on their bed, eyes wide open, not looking at each other.
At the cemetery we didn’t know what
to do. We didn’t know how to do it.
We didn’t even know who he is. Even
where did he came from. We didn’t
know whom to call. We didn’t know
whose boy this is. We didn’t know
how old he was. We didn’t even know
what we were doing. Yea we opened
the hole on the ground because that
was our most primal knowledge but
afterwards we had no idea what to
do. Even though, it took 10 men to
open up a grave. But how can you
bury a person without his head?
What can you do? Leave the body
outside so the worms will eat it
just because a part of him it’s not
Vjosa stands still, listens!
After we put the body on the grave,
more than 30 minutes we stood and
watched each other. No one had the
courage to do anything. Some were
looking around as if magically his
head would appear. All were scared
to cover his body with sand. No one
would do it…(long pause)…That’s
when I said: we shouldn’t do this,
I have a fridge in the basement we
shall put it there…until we have
some more information’s, who he is!
And maybe we can find his…head.
…and now what?
We will contact the KLA(Kosovo
Liberation Army) and ask them if
they know anything about the case.
We have his service number that we
took it from the badge, they must
know who he is. And maybe they know
something more about his head.
Korab turns off his lamp, Vjosa stares him, than stares at the windows where the
moonlight is coming and slowly she turns off
her lamp too.
“The unconditional surrender of Germany has just been announced. At midnight tonight, the war is over. Tomorrow you’ll begin the process of looking for survivors of your families. In most cases… you won’t find them. After six long years of murder, victims are being mourned throughout the world. We’ve survived. Many of you have come up to me and thanked me. Thank yourselves. Thank your fearless Stern, and others among you who worried about you and faced death at every moment. I am a member of the Nazi Party. I’m a munitions manufacturer. I’m a profiteer of slave labor. I am… a criminal. At midnight, you’ll be free and I’ll be hunted. I shall remain with you until five minutes after midnight, after which time – and I hope you’ll forgive me – I have to flee.”
Schindler’s List (1993)