The Albanian/Norwegian director Izer Aliu is working on his next film, Variety reports.
Titled Teacher Izat and the Lottery Heist, the film is a crime drama that challenges the genre conventions while questioning the true meaning of friendship. The film is currently shooting a pilot in Kosovo. The actors are a mix of professional and non-professional talent, including Arben Bajraktaraj (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 1) and Naser Rafuna.
Aliu’s previous film was the delightful Hunting Flies, which used improvisation in the film – a technique Aliu will employ in his new film. Hunting Flies has just been selected as Norway’s selection for the Nordic Council Film Prize.
Teacher Izat and the Lottery Heist is produced by Khalid Maimouni for his company The End. Danish sales agency LevelK is on board as well.
At the moment, Aliu is working on a film called Song of Scabs, which is a historical drama about one of Norway’s biggest mining strikes.
The company The End is making a Sami film for children titled Save: The Last of the First, which is inspired by Sami legends.
Watch the trailer for Hunting Flies below.