DISCONTINUED FATES

country_of_origin: Moldova
Uploaded: 28-07-2009
Length: 19 pages
Status: screenplay

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Logline: In search for a better life, people in poor countries took and still take considerable risks to flee their homeland. Sometimes it costs huge money, sometimes the price is paid in human lives.

Synopsis: In the ‘90s, immediately after USSR collapsed, many Moldovans found ingenious (most of them illegal) methods to flee from the country, heading to Europe, where they could find jobs. One of the methods was to join groups who were invited for events. Thus, a football team, for example, always had 2, 3 extra “players”. Conferences, seminars… anything to get an invitation and the visa (which was otherwise extremely difficult to get in those times!)
Vitaly, a 29 years old man leaves together with Claudia and her son, both teachers in the village school. They are invited to a Swiss school for an experience exchange. Vitaly pretends being a physics teacher, even though he barely took his graduation exams, he was never a clever guy. Gicu, one of the first moldovans who successfully made it to Europe, offers to give them a ride, preparing all the papers and “mentoring” the group in their “alibi”. He’s experienced in this and he makes good money on it.
At the German-Swiss border, out of stupid hazard, the Custom Officer smells some dirty links in their story. Vitaly, who’s nervous for being unmasked, punches the officer in a fury crisis.
Anatoli, a former classmate and good friend of Vitaly, is waiting for him in Zurich, where he found a job for his friend. For crossing the borders illegally, Vitaly risks a several months detention, but injuring an officer on his duty would put Vitaly in jail for a longer period. Anatoly decides to make the officer withdraw his accusation. Together with other two friends they go to the Officer’s house, where they only find his pregnant wife. A wrong move and the woman falls on the floor hitting her abdomen of a table corner.
Anca, Vitaly’s wife is also pregnant. Vitaly didn’t know when he left. Being in prison, Vitaly makes a mistake. In a phone talk with his wife, they discuss about Anatol. The police, who had suspicions, gets now the clue needed to investigate the homicide, in which Annete Bruger, the officer’s wife lost her baby…
Anca, Vitaly’s wife gives birth to a 2,8kg healthy boy.

Plot keywords: crime , illegal , immigrant , desperation , fate , life , death , child


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