The Van

a film by Erenik Beqiri

The Van finally stops, the doors open and the Son comes out alive. A few more fights and he will be able to pay his way out of Albania, and hopefully, take his Father with him.

Erenik Beqiri
Erenik studied at the Academy of Arts, Tirana where he graduated with a Master degree in Film Directing. His thesis was Seed Money, a short film written by Jim Uhls (Fight Club). He has participated in the Sarajevo Talent Campus as a Screenwriter, where he developed the short script Reverse which was produced a year later for the Sarajevo City of Film. Reverse collected awards for best film at the Drama ISFF and Cinematic Achievement award at Thessaloniki ISFF. In 2013 he wrote and directed the short film Alphonso which screened in festivals such as Vancouver International Film
Festival and Brussels ISFF. His next short film Bon Appétit was nominated for Méliès D’Argent at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival selected as one of the Best European Short Films at the Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and has been selected at South East European Film Festival. His films showcase the inner struggles of the characters as they confront with the socio-political space they inhabit, ultimately coming down to unsettling decisions that define them as comic, tragic or grotesque portraits of society.
Erenik currently lives and works in Tirana, Albania.

2010 - Seed Money / 19 min / Fiction
2014 - Alphonso / 15 min / Fiction
2016 - Bon Appetit / 18 min / Fiction

Awards and Festivals:

First Prize of Courts for the International - Molise Cinema (Italy)
Best International Short Film Award - Batroun Mediterranean Film Festival (Lebanon)
Best Short Film - Seanema Film Festival (Montenegro)
Winner of Camp Category - Tulipoff International Film Festival (Denmark)
Special Mention - Manaki Brothers International Cinematographers Festival (Macedonia)
Best Short Fiction Film - Urban Films Festival (France)
Best Short Narrative Film Award - Alexandria Film Festival (Egypt)
Jury Prize - Paris Court Devant (France)
Best Young Director - Mestre Film Fest (Italy)
Best Short Film - Mestre Film Fest (Italy)

Cannes Film Festival - Official Competition
Off-courts (Trouville) - in competition
Fenêtres sur courts (Dijon) - in competition
Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia) - in competition
Molise Film Festival (Italy) - in competition
Manaki Brothers International Cinematographers Festival (Macedonia) - in competition
Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia) - in competition
Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival (Egypt) - in competition
Tirana International Film Festival (Albania) - in competition
Humano Film Festival (Mexico) - in competition
Tulipoff International Film Festival (Denmark) - in competition
Festival CINEAST (Luxembourg) - in competition
Batroun Mediterranean Film Festival (Lebanon) - in competition
Festival of Mediterranean Short Film Tangier (Morocco) - in competition
International Festival Signs of the Night (France) - in competition
International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier (France) - in competition
International Francophone Film Festival of Namur (Belgium) - in competition
Urban Films Festival (France) - in competition
Festival des Films Courts de Dinan (France) - in competition
Tetova International Film Festival - ODA (Macedonia) - in competition
Long Memory short films - Ascoli Piceno (Italy) - in competition
Seanema Film Festival (Montenegro) -in competition
Paris Courts Devant (France) - in competition
West Nordic International Film Festival (Norway) - in competition
Festival du court métrage d’Auch (France) - in competition
Blue Danube Film Festival (Italy) - in competition
Festival du Film de Sarlat (France) - in competition
Sulmona Film Festival (Italy) - in competition
Festival Curta Cinema (Brazil) - in competition
Les Arcs Film Festival (France) - in competition
Festival Internacional de Cine de Almería (Spain) - in competition
Seminci Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain) - in competition
UK Film Festival (Angleterre) - in competition
Soria International Film Festival (Spain) - in competition
Curtas Film Fest (Spain) - in competition
FICVI Festival de Internacional de Curtmetratges Vila-Seca (Spain) - in competition
International Short Film Festival of the Bay of Pasaia, IKUSKA (Spain) - in competition
Braunschweig International Film Festival (Germany) - out of competition
Savona International Film Event (Italy) - in competition
Planos Film Festival (Portugal) - in competition
Images en vues (Canada) - in competition
Aguilar Film Festival (Spain) - in competition
Arranca Thelma (Spain) - in competition
Festival Du Court-Métrage de Fréjus (France) - in competition
International Usak Winged Seahorse Short Film Festival (Turkey) - in competition
Mestre Film Festival (Italy) - in competition

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Written and directed by: Erenik Beqiri
Cast: Phénix Brossard, Arben Bajraktaraj, Afrim Muçaj, Lulzim Zeqja, Romir Zalla
Production: Olivier Berlemont & Emilie Dubois (Origine Films), Ermir Keta & Amantia Peza (Anima Pictures - Albania)
Image: Guillaume Le Grontec
1st AC: Stella Libert
Sound: Endri Pine
1st AD: Mateo Cingu
Continuity: Sara Gurabardhi
Make up: Sarah Pariset, Wilfried Pirrin
Costumes: Teuta Resuli
Props: Auron Deliu
Line Producer: Soena Lame
Location Manager: Elvin Minaj
Gaffer: Erind Dilka
Grip: Fotaq Cani
Editing: Pauline Pallier
Sound editing: Rémi Durel
Mix: Julie Tribout
Color Grading: Robin Risser
Partners & Supports
Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée - Aide au programme de production
Procirep and Angoa-Agicoa
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