by Florenc Papas

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 Rudina sets off on a long journey with her unmarried pregnant sister, Elma, to meet their strict, traditional father in the Albanian village where they were born. As Rudina’s car makes its way across the mountains, Elma comes up with a plan to enlist an ex-classmate to play the part of her husband.

 Sarajevo IFF (comp.), CineEast, Thessaloniki IFF, Kolkata IFF, Zinebi FF (comp.), Auteur FF, Brussels Mediterranean FF (Best Film of Francophone Competition), SEEFest LA, Festival Del Cinema Europeo (Audience award, Cineuropa award) a.o.

Albanian nomination for best international feature film at the 2021 Academy Awards.

“Can a road movie work as a storyteller with bi-focal lenses, documenting a culture’s habits all the while it aesthetically critiques the ways and means of upholding them? In Open Door, Florenc Papas softly but brazenly takes on this challenge. He is as seductive as he is subversive, winning our empathy for his characters crossing the bridge from an ancien régime to a new one.” –

Luli Bitri – Rudina / Jonida Vokshi – Elma / Maxwell Guzja – Orjon / Sotiraq Bratko – The father / Elidon Aliko – Geni / Guljelm Radoja – The receptionist / Visar Vishka – Rezart (ex-lover of Rudina)

Director: Florenc Papas / Writer: Florenc Papas, Ajola Daja / Cinematorgrapher: Sevdije Kastrati / Editor: Stefan Stabenow / Sound: Igor Popovski / Music: Aleksandar Pejovksi / Art Director: Erjona Daka / Producer: Eno Milkani / Production Company: Bunker Film + / Coproducers: Besnik Krapi, Riccardo Neri, Goran Stojilkovic, Vladimir Stojcevski / Coproduction companies: Circle Production, Lupin Film, Award Film & Video

 Technical information
Original Title: Dere e Hapur / shot in 2K Digital / available for screenings in DCP / color/ image format 16:9, 1:2.3 / 77 minutes / 5.1 Dolby digital surround/ original language: Albanian with English subtitles / Bunker Film + / Albania, Kosovo, Italy, N. Macedonia 2019