by Marija Zidar

Odpuščanje, 2021, documentary, digital DCP, 1,85:1, c, 82 min

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.

Marija Zidar

Marija Zidar (1976) is a Slovenian filmmaker. Her background is in Journalism (BA in Journalism; BA in English Language and Literature). She also has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Ljubljana. She is passionate about presenting thoroughly investigated social issue stories through intimate, sensitive, and empathetic visual storytelling. She has written three medium-length documentaries for RTV Slovenija and directed one. Reconciliation is her debut full-length documentary.

CPH:DOX, Next:Wave Award competition, 2021

Slovenian Film Publicists FIPRESCI Award critic's choice (Društvo slovenskih filmskih publicistov FIPRESCI, 2021), Award best documentary (TIFF - Tetova International Film Festival, 2021), DOKUDOC Chosen best documentary (DOKUDOC, 2021), Award best female director (Sofia DocuMental, 2021), Young Onion Special Mention best young artist (MakeDOX, 2021), Vesna Award best documentary (FSF - Festival slovenskega filma, 2021), Vesna Award best editing (FSF - Festival slovenskega filma, 2021), Award best documentary (DokuFest, 2021)

Marija Zidar
Danijel Hočevar
Latif Hasolli, Jelena Mitrović, Drita Llolla
associate producer
Katja Lenarčič
director of photography
Latif Hasolli
music composer
Dimitrije Vasiljević
film editor
Uroš Maksimović
Mariana Kozáková
sound designers
Miloš Drobnjaković, Julij Zornik, Jovo Kljajić
RTV Slovenija, Dera Film, Film House Baš Čelik, Seagull Entertainment
in collaboration with
Film Studio Viba Film, Friendly production, NuFrame, 001
Eurimages, Slovenian Film Centre, Ministry of Culture and Information Serbia, Film Center Serbia, Film Centre od Montenegro, Creative Europe - MEDIA, Qendra Kinematografike e Kosovës - QKK


Danijel Hočevar