Director Joshua Marston
Tristan Halilaj, Sindi Lacej and Refet Abazi
109mins Albanian with English subtitles
From Albania comes a tragic story of two families locked in a vendetta, trying to move forward with their lives yet deeply rooted in a feudal past dominated by male pride and female submission.
Rob Hardy has captured the bleak beauty of the landscape in and Joshua Marston has used a cast of talented newcomers and interviewed local families to lend authenticity and successfully evoke the lock-down feel of small-town society. Although the drama which occasionally packs a surprising emotional punch, it nevertheless lacks the narrative drive of Maria Full of Grace, his debut feature.