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RECONCILIATION

Marija Zidar / Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo / 2021 / 80 min / World Premiere
Can forgiveness break the vicious circle of a bitter feud in the Albanian mountains? An epic drama about hatred and reconciliation.

A 18-year-old woman is killed by a bullet intended for her father in the tragic culmination of a bitter family feud between her father and his cousin, who is now imprisoned for murder. Or is her death just another twist in a saga of revenge? In the Albanian mountains, the ancient tribal law Kanun had been revived after half a century, and even though the killer is behind bars, the last word in the case has not been spoken. Religious and legal authorities – like the families involved – have their own powerful and conflicting interests in the law, which is now controversial both in church and modern society – and whose rules were forgotten. The question, however, is if the young woman’s father can find the faith to not only forgive his cousin, but also reconcile himself with him and break the vicious circle once and for all? Marija Zidar’s epic drama was filmed over 5 years in an obstinate patriarchal world, on the threshold of modern times. A mountain western from the old world, from the stuff of antique tragedies.