Manaki Brothers - International Cinematographers’ Film Festival

A film which speaks of bad things happening at beautiful places

17 September, Bitola – From the European Cinema Perspectives program, the selector Slagjan Penev introduced the crew of the film Open Door: Sevdije Kastrati, Vladimir Stojchevski and Fejmi Daut. The film is a co-production between Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo and Italy, and showcases life in the traditional society in this region, which still lives with the habits that don’t give any right to a say to women, but that changes now.

-Albanian producer was in need of a co-producer form the country which is eligible for EURIMAGES, because they couldn’t apply with the co-producer from Kosovo, so they asked us to join the project. In meanwhile we applied three times for minority co-production support at the Macedonian Film Agency, but we were rejected. At the end the project was supported by EURIMAGES, which helped us in securing financing for covering of the costs related to Macedonian part of the crew, which was consisted of Fejmi Daut as First Assistant of Camera, the actor Visar Vishka, composer Aleksandar Pejovski and complete sound production and sound design crew, leaded by Igor Popovski and his company Audio House, Stojchevski, the co-producer of the film, said.

Fejmi Daut stuck to the experience while shooting the film Open Door:

-There are many shots in the film done in a car, on busy streets, there were interesting things that happened with the little child that acts in the film, so at times there were also some accidents, but the whole crew was like one big family, Daut said.

Cinematographer of the film is Sevdije Kastrati, who lives in Los Angeles for more than 10 years. She is at the ICFF “Manaki Brothers” for the second time. Last year, she participated with the Kosovar film Marriage and said that “the place where the flim was shot – on the Albanian side of the Ohrid lake shore is a very beautiful, breathtaking part, where there shouldn’t be bad things happening, but the reality is different”.

-The contrast in the film is that in the wonderful place on the shore there are no young people, but only old ones. They’ve all moved out in search for a job, you can’t be a single mother, you have to have a husband to give a birth to a child… The contrast was achieved with the colors at the start of the film, which are dark, and then with the arrival of the sister, dressed in bright colors, comes the light and the “new”, and that makes the change with the main actress. Bad things happen in wonderful places and that is what this film talks about, Kastrati said.