The Albanian

The Albanian  {Der Albaner}
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The Albanian
Der Albaner
Germany, 2010, 104 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Albania
North American Premiere
Topics: Coming of Age, Crime, Drama, Political
Program: New Voices/New Visions
Language: Albanian English Sub-Titles

An Albanian illegal immigrant in Berlin tries to earn the dowry demanded by the family of his pregnant beloved back home in this social-issues drama. German writer/director Johannes Naber's involving feature debut highlights the difficulties facing undocumented workers in his highly regulated homeland, as well as the honor codes of Albanian clans.

Handsome Albanian villager Arben (the appealing Nik Xhelilaj, who looks set for a big international career) wants to marry Etleva, daughter of a neighboring clan, but her father has promised her to another man who is offering a 10,000 Euros bride price. But when it turns out Etleva is carrying Arben's child, the pressure is on for him to come up with the dowry before the baby is born -- and before her brothers take revenge for the dishonor he has brought their family. Fleeing to Berlin without papers, experience or knowledge of the language, Arben soon learns the ways of survival. Winner, Best Actor, Special Jury Prize, Moscow Film Festival.

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DIRECTOR: Johannes Naber
Producer: Boris Schonfelder
Editor: Ben von Grafenstein
Screenwriter: Johannes Naber
Cinematographer: Sten Mende
Music: Oli Biehler
Principal Cast: Nik Xhelilaj, Xhejlane Terbunja, Ivan Shvedoff, Amos Zaharia, Stipe Erçeg
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Aktis Film International GmbH -

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