• Debut film

Odpuščanje

Reconciliation

  • Documentary Film
  • 82’
  • 2021
  • Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo

An 18-year-old girl is killed in a bitter family feud in the Albanian highlands. Her bereaved father is torn by the pressures from a local bishop and an NGO chairman from the capital, not only to forgive the imprisoned killer and his family, as a Christian, but to reconcile with them – as the age-old tribal code, Kanun, once required. A poignant and insightful account of a patriarchal society caught between a lingering past and a precarious present.

Director Marija Zidar
Director's statement

What really goes on behind closed doors in patriarchal rituals, where men seem to make all the decisions? In 2013, I set out to answer this question. A year later, after thorough research, I set off f

What really goes on behind closed doors in patriarchal rituals, where men seem to make all the decisions? In 2013, I set out to answer this question. A year later, after thorough research, I set off from Slovenia to film a strongly patriarchal community in the Balkans, focusing on the male characters. I ended up filming over the course of five years and living in Albania for two years. I discovered a modern country in transition, with a traumatic past of an isolationist communist dictatorship that had destroyed tradition, religion, and tribal family ties. To fill the social void and provide meaning, the old, conflicting value systems have been brought back – yet half-remembered, reinterpreted, abused. Similarly, increasingly, elsewhere in Europe and the West, with the far-right neo-traditionalist populism on the rise, a revisiting of tradition, patriarchy, and religion is taking place, reviving old solutions to deal with modern problems. My film is an example of why this does not work.

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Competition programme - documentary film
2021
Premiere
24.04.2021, Next:Wave Award competition, Kopenhagen, Denmark
Alternative title
Reconciliation (english)
Krvno maščevanje (slovenian) (working title)
The Business of Revenge (english) (working title)
First feature
Yes
Production countries
Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo
Languages
albanian
Technical data
Aspect ratio
1,85:1
Duration and length
82 minutes
Colour
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Screening formats
digital DCP
Budget

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Grants
100,000 EUR
public call / Slovenian Feature-Length Debut
2016

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