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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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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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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 & 5 nominations See more »
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A country like no other 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

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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42 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A country like no other, 12 August 2011
Author: insomnia from Australia

Back in the 15th.Century, a certain prince Leke Dukagjini gathered together a collection of Albanian traditional customs and cultural practices that came to be known as "The Kanun of Leke Dukagjini." This collection was passed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next, and has governed the way Albanians have behaved pretty much ever since. Book Ten section three of the "Kanun of Leke" as it was commonly referred to, deals specifically with the rules in regard to a dispute between one neighbour and another. It states that, should a quarrel between two neighbours, for whatever reason, escalate and turn violent then the victim can invoke the age-old ritual of the blood feud, which states that the victim has the right to kill all males in the perpetrator's family. However, in a somewhat surprising twist, there is also a tradition throughout Albania known as "Besa." Roughly translated, "Besa" means, "to keep the promise" or "word of honour." There's a saying in Albania that says: "Albanians would die rather than break Besa." So while the men remain in their home, and at the discretion of the victim and his family, they will not be killed for the first twenty-four hours the blood feud has been preordained. Joshua Marston's latest film, "The Forgiveness of Blood" – is set in modern day Albania and tells the story of two families caught up in a blood feud. Every day the father and daughter set off in their horse and cart to deliver the bread to the people and café owners in the nearby village. Obviously, they quicker they can deliver the bread the more quickly they get paid. To this end, the father uses a neighbour's land as a short cut. The neighbour resents this and has already placed large stones to deter the father trespassing on his land. The father just removes the stones and goes on his way. The very next day the father finds his access completely blocked, with the neighbour standing there waiting to see what will happen. They get into an argument, but the neighbour refuses to budge. Eventually, the father has to take the long way around. Director Joshua Marston's previous film, "Maria Full of Grace" focused on the risks of becoming a drug mule, and the consequences of putting one's life at on the line, quite literally, by swallowing pellets of cocaine for a quick $5000 once the drugs are smuggled into New York. What made this film stand out above the usual kind of film dealing with the drug scene, is that it showed what the consequences of such reckless behaviour can lead to, even though Maria's decision to become a drug mule was borne out of desperation. Similarly, "The Forgiveness of Blood" is not just a film about a blood feud. It's a film about the far bigger issue of the how the average Albanian is forever trying to escape his violent and troubled past, first under the Ottoman Empire, and then under the Communist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha. Like most despots, Enver Hoxha simply eliminated dissent, by imprisoning thousands in forced-labour camps or executing them for crimes such as alleged treachery or for disrupting the proletarian dictatorship. In fact, for the only time in its centuries old history, did the practice of blood feuds cease - brutally stamped out by Enver Hoxha's Secret Police. The Communists were finally voted out of power in 1990. Two years later in 1992, Albania became a Republic. It wasn't long before Albanians woke up to the realisation that the new government was no different from the old government. Gradually the settling of scores by blood feud began to flourish once more, even as the future for Albanians seemed bleak to the point of despair. As the film unfolds, it's hard not to believe that one is actually watching a documentary. This can in no small way be attributed to the fact that the director chose to use a cast non-professional actors, especially Sindi Lacej as the daughter, Refet Abazi as the father, and Veton Osmani as the hot-headed neighbour – indeed, all the 'actors' in this remarkable film, do an outstanding job, and help shine a light on a country that is many ways, will forever be stuck back in the Dark Ages. P.S. Should you want to find out more about the history of this country? Check out a book by Robert Carver called: "The Accursed Mountains." It is a really fascinating look into this most enigmatic of countries.

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