Albanian film writer, director, and producer Florenc Papas will be showing his film ‘Luna Park’ as a part of CineLink at the prestigious Sarajevo Film Festival.
Papas broke out internationally with the release of ‘Open Door’ which had its world premiere at the festival in 2019. It told the story of a young woman and her unmarried, pregnant sister who undertook a journey to visit their strict, traditional father in the Albanian village where they were born. The film was developed through the First Films First training program. Papas has also co-produced the highly anticipated film by Isa Qosja ‘The Stork’.
Luna Park was co-written with Greek writer Glukeria Patramani and is a co-production between Tirana’s On Film and Greece’s Argonauts Productions. A period drama set against the political and civil unrest that took place in Albania in 1997, it tells the story of a mother fighting for the future of her sons. The story is inspired by Papas own childhood memories.
“As a filmmaker and human being, I find these types of family dynamics interesting because our families and our past have impacted the person who we are today in so many ways,” says Papas.
Papas was born in May 1991 and studied film directing and media at the MarubiFilm Academy in Tirana. He then worked on a number of films, promotional videos, TV series, and documentaries.
Other individuals taking part in the event include writers, producers and directors from Turkey, Serbia, and Hungary.
Films from the Sarajevo Film Festival can be streamed here.