The Forgiveness of Blood [Criterion] (DVD)

Joshua Marston

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American director Joshua Marston broke out in 2004 with his jolting, Oscar-nominated Maria Full of Grace, about a young Colombian woman working as a drug mule. In his remarkable follow-up, The Forgiveness of Blood, he turns his camera on another corner of the world: contemporary northern Albania, a place still troubled by the ancient custom of interfamilial blood feuds. From this reality, Marston sculpts a fictional narrative about a teenage brother and sister physically and emotionally trapped in a cycle of violence, a result of their father's entanglement with a rival clan over a piece of land. The Forgiveness of Blood is a tense and perceptive depiction of a place where tradition and progress have an uneasy coexistence, as well as a dynamic coming-of-age drama.

Product Details

  • Starring: Refet Abazi, Tristan Halilaj, Sindi Lacej, Ilire Vinca Celaj
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85.1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 2190

Special Features

  • Audio commentary featuring director and cowriter Joshua Marston, Two new video programs: Acting Close to Home, a discussion between Marston and actors Refet Abazi, Tristan Halilaj, and Sindi Laçej, and Truth on the Ground, featuring new and on-set interviews with Mezey, Abazi, Halilaj, and Laçej, Audition & rehearsal footage, PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Oscar Moralde.
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