Kushtrim Asllani

Scriptwriter

Born:

20.02.1990, Prishtina, Kosovo

Education: 

Dramaturgy, Academy of Arts, University of Prishtina, Kosovo – final year

Place of Residence:

Ferizaj (Kosovo)

Writes in Languages:

Albanian, English

Biography

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.

Sample of previous work

Projects in development

AFËR NJË METËR THELLË / CLOSE TO A METER DEEP   

short fiction
developed script 

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

More from Projects

Filmography and Awards

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

My five favourite films

  1. The Schindler’s List (1992)
    by Steven Spielberg
  2. Mulholland Drive (2001)
    by David Lynch
  3. Amores Perros (2000)
    by Alejandro González Iñárritu
  4. Apocalypse Now (1979)
    by Francis Ford Coppola
  5. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia(2011)
    by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Favourite scene I wrote

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.

KORAB

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

attached.

Vjosa stands still, listens!

KORAB (CONT’D)

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.

VJOSA

…and now what?

KORAB

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.

My favourite film quote

“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)