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The Forgiveness of Blood -- An Albanian family is torn apart by a murder, resulting in a blood feud that finds Nik becoming the prime target and his sister, Rudina, forced to leave school in order to take over the family business.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Joshua Marston (written by) &
Andamion Murataj (written by)
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Release Date:
17 September 2011 (Albania) See more »
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Plot:
An Albanian family is torn apart by a murder, resulting in a blood feud that finds Nik becoming the prime target and his sister, Rudina, forced to leave school in order to take over the family business Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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While the landscape depicted here is beautiful, the human drama is interminable, out of date and "silly customs" tourism See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tristan Halilaj ... Nik
Refet Abazi ... Mark
Zana Hasaj ... Bardha
Erjon Mani ... Tom
Luan Jaha ... Zef
Çun Lajçi ... Ded (as Çun Lajçi)
Veton Osmani ... Sokol
Zefir 'Bep' Bushati ... Valmir
Selman Lokaj ... Kreshnik
Kol Zefi ... Shpend

Sindi Lacej ... Rudina
Ilire Vinca Celaj ... Drita
Esmeralda Gjonlulaj ... Bora
Elsajed Tallalli ... Dren
Ibrahim Ymeri ... School Director
Servete Haxhija ... Mara
Arlind Lleshi ... Loran
Alfred Lisi ... Fatmir
Edmond Pepkolaj ... Police Captain
Geg Zefi ... Afrim
Pjeter Noshi ... Besim
Gjon Lula ... Cen
Isuf Duraj ... Gjergj
Sabri Haxhija ... Leke
Ruzhdi Piranaj ... Genc
Xhevdet Shima ... Mr. Skendaj
Arben Buraj ... Burim
Injac Marku ... Cigarette Vendor #1
Haxhi Brati ... Cigarette Vendor #2
Eduard Beqiri ... Cigarette Vendor #3
Fatmir Shabaj ... Horse Buyer
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Directed by
Joshua Marston 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Joshua Marston (written by) &
Andamion Murataj (written by)

Produced by
Eric Abraham .... executive producer
Gwen Bialic .... co-producer
Tyler Brodie .... executive producer
Janine Gold .... executive producer
Andrew Goldman .... associate producer
Hunter Gray .... executive producer
Paul Mezey .... producer
Andamion Murataj .... co-producer
Domenico Procacci .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Leonardo Heiblum 
Jacobo Lieberman 
 
Cinematography by
Rob Hardy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Jamieson 
 
Casting by
Andamion Murataj 
 
Production Design by
Tommaso Ortino 
 
Set Decoration by
Oriana Kamberi 
 
Costume Design by
Emir Tourkeshi  (as Emir Turkeshi)
 
Makeup Department
Rondi Scott .... hair stylist
Rondi Scott .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Gwen Bialic .... unit production manager
Robert Budina .... production supervisor
Andrew Goldman .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Reard Gjermani .... second second assistant director
Benard Laze .... second second assistant director (as Bernart Laze)
Josh Newport .... first assistant director (as Joshua Newport)
Rudina Vojvoda .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Esat Allmuça .... set dresser
Shpetim Baca .... charge scenic (as Shpëtim Baça)
Andon Koja .... property master
Kol Lazri .... welder
 
Sound Department
Rich Bologna .... additional sound effects recordist
Rich Bologna .... sound designer
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Eric Gitelson .... foley engineer
Judy Karp .... sound mixer
Alicia Loving .... in-house sound producer: Digit It
John Moros .... additional sound effects recordist
John Moros .... dialogue editor
John Moros .... foley editor
Jaime Reyes .... boom operator
Shpëtim Sara&ccedili .... adr recordist
Abigail Savage .... sound designer
Jeff Seelye .... assistant sound editor
Steve F.B. Smith .... dolby sound consultant (as Steve Smith)
 
Special Effects by
Luftar Braçe .... pyrotechnics
 
Visual Effects by
Jessica Elvin .... visual effects: Technicolor New York
Eric Leverenz .... digital imaging: Technicolor New York
Morgan Miller .... digital imaging: Technicolor New York
Daniel Silverman .... digital imaging: Technicolor New York
Jay Tilin .... visual effects: Technicolor New York
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arben Allmuça .... electrician
Royald Elezaj .... third assistant camera
Armand Habazaj .... best boy electric
Bledar Haxhija .... grip
Ilir Haxhija .... grip
Anila Jaho .... still photographer
Arben Mema .... best boy grip
Smokey Nelson .... gaffer
Jennie Paddon .... first assistant camera
Sam Phillips .... key grip
Besnik Seiti .... electrician
Gerlando Sergioli .... generator operator
Alexandra Voikou .... a camera clapper loader
 
Casting Department
Shkëlzen Berani .... casting assistant
Fitore Broqi .... casting assistant
Rudina Buxheli .... casting assistant
Odeta Cunaj .... casting associate (as Odeta Çunaj)
Ina Gjonci .... casting assistant
Bekim Guri .... casting associate
Besfort Idrizi .... casting associate
Tan Kazazi .... casting assistant
Genti Koci .... casting assistant
Rozi Kostani .... casting assistant
Erisela Marko .... casting assistant
Violana Murataj .... casting assistant
Edit Pula .... extras casting
Erion Spada .... casting associate
Alfred Trebicka .... casting associate
Ervin Çoba .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Teuta Resuli .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Stephanie Ahn .... assistant editor
Don Ciana .... color timer: Technicolor New York
Daniele Cipriani .... telecine dailies
Fabrizio Conti .... telecine dailies
Kristyn DiPane .... digital intermediate producer
Jessica Elvin .... digital intermediate editor
Sara Formicola .... dailies project manager
Phil McLennan .... laboratory production manager: Technicolor New York
Jacob Robinson .... digital intermediate editor
Andrew Still .... digital intermediate data manager
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Victoria Anderson .... editorial services (uncredited)
Trace Henderson .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Richie Roefaro .... final cut pro technician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Aarón Cruz .... musician: double bass (as Aaron Cruz)
Rodrigo Duarte .... musician: cello
Emiliano González de León .... music assistant (as Emiliamo Gonzalez De Leon)
Leonardo Heiblum .... music editor
Leonardo Heiblum .... music producer
Leonardo Heiblum .... musician: çifteli
Jacobo Lieberman .... music producer
Jacobo Lieberman .... musician: guitars, requinto, mandolin, percussion, çifteli
Emiliano Motta .... music assistant
Olivier Samouillan .... musician: tambura
Aldo Shllaku .... music consultant
Leo Soqui .... musician: accordion (as Leonardo Soqui)
 
Transportation Department
Lin Ara .... driver
Lulzim Curraj .... driver
Byrhan Dragoni .... driver
Nuredin Dunisha .... driver
Nikolin Dushaj .... driver
Luli Gjeka .... driver
Lulash Gjekaj .... driver
Fredi Gjetniku .... driver
Gjergli Golemi .... driver
Gjokë Gurra .... driver
Aldo Malko .... driver
Beni Nema .... driver
Alfred Pjepniku .... driver
Gazmenda Shehu .... driver
Dritan Tusha .... driver
 
Other crew
Jennifer Basnyat .... credits: Metropolis Post
Ersida Baxha .... accounting assistant
Luan Bexheti .... loop group organizer
Anna Bosco .... production accountant
Anxhela Cikopano .... translator: script (as Anxhela Çikopano)
Odeta Cunaj .... script supervisor (as Odeta Çunaj)
André Des Rochers .... legal services: Gray, Krauss, Des Rochers
Ndrek Gjoni .... slingshot sharpshooter
Mirel Gjyzari .... production assistant
Androniqi Golemi .... film courier
Miranda Golemi .... set nurse
Dhurim Haxhija .... craft service
Billy Hinshelwood .... legal counsel: Fandango Portobello
Tan Kazazi .... production assistant
Barbara Jean Kearney .... account executive: Technicolor New York
Hilmi Kodraj .... security
Albert Krause .... supervising accountant
Arben Lami .... production coordinator
Erisela Marko .... production assistant
Hilmi Mataj .... security
Neritan Mehmetaj .... location assistant
Sarah Nuttall .... production executive: Fangango Portobello
Fatmir Shabaj .... horse and cart wrangler
Luan Velia Shikodra .... location assistant
Erion Talani .... location assistant: Tjekkiet
Rudina Vojvoda .... loop group organizer
Rudina Vojvoda .... translator: English subtitles
Marjela Zajmi .... accountant: Lissus Media
Lulzime Çelaj .... caterer: restaurant Vivaldi
Ben Coren .... development staff (uncredited)
Kristin Irving .... development staff (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Luan Bexheti .... special thanks
Craig Kestel .... special thanks
Phaedon A. Papadopoulos .... special thanks
 

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109 min
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While the landscape depicted here is beautiful, the human drama is interminable, out of date and "silly customs" tourism, 6 March 2014

Joshua Marston, best known as the director of drug mule story MARIA FULL OF GRACE, gives us here a poignant depiction of blood feuds in northern Albania Albania. The script was Andamion Murataj and the actors are all Albanians, some of them amateurs, speaking the authentic Gheg dialect of their region.

Nik (Tristan Halilaj) is in his last year of high school and dreams of opening an internet/computer game café in his small town. His sister Rudina (Sindi Lacej) hopes to go on to university. Their dreams are dashed, however, when their father (Refet Abazi) kills a neighbour in a dispute over land. To avoid revenge attacks from the dead man's family, the males of the family are forced to stay inside their home at all times, a situation that could last for years while the community mediates the feud. With the father out of work, Rudina is forced to drop out of school, deliver a bread route, and buy contraband cigarettes to sell at a profit.

Marston and his co-writer are clearly interested in depicting the intersection of two worlds in Albania: mobile phones and cheap motorbikes alongside ancient laws that hold a man's honour sacred. What weakens the film, however, is that nowhere is it made clear that blood feuds are not a typical feature of contemporary Albanian life: while they briefly erupted in the early 1990s after the fall of Communism, and some families still live under them, it is very unusual for one to start today. Without mentioning that things have changed, this film misrepresents Albania and misleads Western viewers towards a Boratish caricature.

Note how other reviews here and elsewhere tend to commend the film more for "teaching them something about Albania" than for cinematography or acting. The camera-work is completely unimaginative, lacking any carefully composed tracking shots and depending far too often on a seasick shaky hand-held camera following a walking actor. While the acting isn't outright bad, the deficiencies in the script only make their amateur effort stand out. While life for the men in the family is tedious as they can't step out of the house, this point is already sufficiently made by halfway through the film, and yet the script goes on and on without anything more to say. The ending seems ad hoc and doesn't really follow from the body of the film.

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