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The Brave (2019)

Lazarat (original title)
In an Albanian town known for drug production and trafficking an elite group of cops set out to end the war waged against the local police.


William Kaufman


Marco Balsamo


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Credited cast:
Armand Assante ... Frank Pedulla
Louis Mandylor ... Rei
Ravshana Kurkova ... Elena
Igor Jijikine ... Agim Hoxha
Yuriy Kutsenko ... Kolo
Mensur Safqiu Mensur Safqiu ... Mensur Safqiu
Ivan Makarevich ... Enci
Issa Zaroui ... TV News Caster
Sonny Puzikas Sonny Puzikas ... Charlie
Radoslav Parvanov Radoslav Parvanov ... Vega
Marco Balsamo ... Seba
Salsano Rrapi Salsano Rrapi ... Salsano
Vin Bejleri Vin Bejleri ... Besi
Salim Zaroui ... TV Rep.
Besart Kallaku Besart Kallaku ... Ilir


An action thriller based on true life events set in Europe, specifically in the heart of Albania. A film that will surely leave movie goers on the edge of their seats. Viewers will be transported to the underbelly world of narcotics, crime, deceit, infamy, and danger lurking on every corner. Written by IMS

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Action | Crime | Thriller



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Release Date:

29 March 2019 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Lazarat Burning See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria See more »


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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Mercury Films See more »
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one of the best low budget B GRADE films i've seen
24 May 2019 | by mohit_sinsniwalSee all my reviews

One of the best low budget (2m) internationally produced B-grade films I've seen, and better than some of the recent Hollywood blockbusters with A-list actors. I wasn't expecting much going into this film but was pleasantly surprised. This film had no Hollywood flair in it at all; simple yet effective scenes, excellent choreographed action sequences with realistic fight/bullet wounds, and no over-hyped unconvincing scenarios.

This film is based on true events and was filmed primarily in Albania and Bulgaria, and thus the international setting was a refreshing change. The score was sheer perfection and maintained constant tension throughout the entire film.

Novice director William Kaufman was fairly impressive with this film, although I could have done without the shaky-cam moments. Otherwise his camera work and directing his cast was amazing. The cinematography and color choices where perfect for this films setting and story.

The first-ever writing/screenplay debut by Marco Balsamo was outstanding, who was also cast and produced this film. The pacing was perfect and the 103 min length flew by with the constant suspense of the story.

Louis Mandylor shined in his role and was convincing throughout. It was great to see Armand Assante, and he did fit his characters role, but I did have trouble understanding some of his dialogue. The rest of the cast also performed quite well, especially since I've never seen or heard of them.

An all around excellent suspenseful film I found very realistic and produced excellently. A well deserved 8/10 from me, and if anyone is questioning this review as being fake, click on my user name and you will see my 1000+ ratings and 600+ reviews.

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