Arben lives in a poor mountain area in Albania with his big family. When his secret girlfriend gets pregnant, her family demands a dowry of 10 000 euro. Arben is forced to travel to Germany to make enough money, but life as an illegal immigrant is not quite as Arben had expected and the European dream soon turns into a nightmare. THE ALBANIAN is a strong debut film in which director Naber challenges the European self perception as liberal and tolerant in times where millions of people live illegally in Fortress Europe.
Johannes Naber (1971) is a German director and screenwriter. In 1999 he graduated from the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg, where he specialized in documentary filmmaking. Starting from 1994 he worked as a member of light department on several television projects and films. He made debut as a director in 1999 with the short film POPSTAR, before following up with the feature-length documentary ANFASSEN ERLAUBT (2005) for German television. In addition to writing and directing the short film DER ZWEIFEL (2008), Naber was also one of the writers on Philipp Stölzl’s film NORTH FACE (2008), for which he was awarded with the prize of German Film Critics Association. THE ALBANIAN is his feature film debut as a director.