MAYA

By Pluton VASI

ARTFILM P&D - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2011

In a small town where the job serves as a meaning to win hearts and love, the poverty… to trample on the personalities, the mentalities… to be sold out as the traditions and the traditions… to be misused to the interests. A community that tries hard to leave behind the past and it longs to break mentalities, using “the costs” of the sufficient time to produce a film.


Festivals
& Awards

Swansea Bay Film Festival 2012
Winner of the award "Festival Director Choice"
New York City IFF 2012
Official Selection
Shanghai International Film Festival 2012
official Competition Golden Goblet
Salento IFF Italy 2012
Best Director
Raindance FF, London 2012
Best of Europe
International Filmmakers Festival of World Cinema, UK 2012
Winner "Best Director" and 4 nominations
Cinema of World, GOA, India 2012
Cinema of World
Bahamas IFF, Bahamas 2012
nominated Official Narrative Category
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • ALBANIA
    • Languages
    • ALBANIAN
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 98 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Pluton VASI
    • Writer(s)
    • Luljeta LLESHANAKU, Pluton VASI
    • Producer(s)
    • Vjollca DEDEI (ARTFILM P&D)
    • Synopsis
    • “Maya”, an inspiring story of passion, of ordinary yet extraordinary people, powered by the force of freedom… The story of people who dared to dream…Ripe with passion…Rich with unforgettable characters…The struggle to survive unveils the mentalities and the characters that are as dramatic and comic as well.

      In a small town where the job serves as a meaning to win hearts and love, the poverty… to trample on the personalities, the mentalities… to be sold out as the traditions and the traditions… to be misused to the interests. A community that tries hard to leave behind the past and it longs to break mentalities, using “the costs” of the sufficient time to produce a film.

      A beautifully told tale of envy and gossip from director Pluton Vasi. A man who has been living in the west returns to his village in Albania to bury his father. Having met the beautiful Maya, he wants to stay on and make a life for himself there, but a vicious web of rumour and hearsay threatens his happiness.

      Set in one of Albania’s many impoverished villages, we witness the arrival of an outsider and the imbalance he creates, pitting age-old tradition and new-found power against each other in a whirlwind of romance, corruption and suspicion.

      After years living abroad, Samiu (Genti Kame) returns to his Albanian village to bury his father’s remains. Although he is well-received at first, things start to go awry when Samiu evicts the family living on his land and begins an affair with Maya (Rovena Lule Kuka) – his cousin’s wife. Deciding to stay in the village and open up a hair salon, Samiu must face not only the mistrust and gossip of the villagers but the danger of the Police Chief (Myzafer Zifla), who is also besotted with Maya. As the situation begins to get out of hand and despite the high pressure and the tension he is coping with, Sami makes no way back. It is the daughter of Maya, 14 years old Halisa (Eva Hasula) that will turn upside down the unthinkable and who tries to set things right again…

      The small village in Maya can be seen as a metaphor of Albanian society at large – immersed in custom and tradition, stricken with poverty and unemployment. Samiu represents new money – he’s successful and rich, yet seemingly immoral - a small drop that causes a massive ripple effect in the village’s social pond. In its exploration of broken traditions and human relationships, Maya represents an Albania on the cusp of change, struggling to break free of its past and uncertain about the future it wants for itself.

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