The Forgiveness of Blood

February 24th 2012
  • Drama,
  • Unrated,
  • 109 min,
  • IFC Releasing
  • Cast: Refet Abazi, Tristan Halilaj, Sindi Lacej, Ilire Vinca Celaj
  • Director: Joshua Marston
  • Writers: Joshua Marston, Andamion Murataj
  • Producer: Paul S. Mezey
  • Co Producers: Gwen Bialic, Andamion Murataj
  • Associate Producer: Andrew Goldman
  • Executive Producers: Domenico Procacci, Eric Abraham, Tyler Brodie, Janine Gold, Hunter Gray
  • Casting: Andamion Murataj
  • D.O.P.: Rob Hardy
  • Editor: Malcolm Jamieson
  • Makeup: Rondi Scott
  • Musics: Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman
  • Production Design: Tommaso Ortino


Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival, the powerful second feature from Joshua Marston ("Maria Full of Grace") tells the story of an Albanian family caught up in a blood feud. Nik (Tristan Halilaj) is a carefree teenager in a small town with a crush on the school beauty and ambitions to start his own small internet business. His world is suddenly up-ended when his father becomes entangled in a dispute that leaves a fellow villager murdered. According to a centuries-old code of law known as the Kanun, Nik’s family owes a life in return. Nik finds himself the prime target and becomes confined to home while his younger sister Rudina (Sindi Laçej) is forced to leave school and take over their father’s business. Marston transports us into a world rarely seen on screen, where tradition and modernity clash putting young lives in the balance.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Albania
  • Production Companies: Sundance Selects, Fandango, Portobello Pictures, Artists Public Domain, Cinereach, Lissus Media, Journeyman Pictures

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 17 September 2011: Albania
  • 5 January 2012: Netherlands
  • 1 June 2012: UK