The Forgiveness of Blood

Written by Bastian on . Posted in Catalog, Film

Facts
  • Director Joshua Marston
  • Screenwriters Joshua Marston, Andamion Murataj
  • Producer: Eric Abraham
  • Starring: Tristan Halilaj – Refet Abazi – Zana Hasaj – Erjon Mani – Luan Jaha
  • Production Design: Tommaso Ortino
  • Director of Photography: Rob Hardy
  • Editor: Malcolm Jamieson
  • Music by: Leonardo Heiblum – Jacobo Lieberman
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Year of release: 2011
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A film of great humanity

9/10 The Forgiveness of Blood is not only a story about a conflict between past and present, but an exploration of the inner lives of people in a culture that we in the West are hardly even aware of. Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.
WINNER – BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011
Silver Berlin Bear, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention
WINNER – CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011
Silver Hugo
WINNER – HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011
Special Mention

Directed by Joshua Marston

Nik is an energetic 17-year-old in his last year of high school in Northern Albania. He is embarking on his first romance with a girl in his class and plans to open his own internet café after graduation. His sister, Rudina, is a bright, mature fifteen-year-old who aspires to go to college. When a local land dispute results in their father Mark being accused of murder, the family is drawn into a deadly blood feud. The rules of the Kanun, a centuries-old Balkan code of law, force Nik, his 7 year old brother and the other male members of his family into virtual house arrest. With Mark hiding in the mountains and Nik unable to leave the house, the family must rely on Rudina, who has to leave school and take over Mark’s business in order to provide for them. While Rudina flourishes in her newfound responsibility, Nik’s frustration and anger at his isolation drive him to try to end the feud, even though it may cost him his life.

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