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Albanian, The (Albaner, Der)

Albanian, The
Scene from "The Albanian" (photo © Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion GmbH)

A one-way trip to the dark side of the European dream. Where no one looks. Where no one cares. Where exile, loneliness and money prevail. This is the story of Arben, the Albanian, who leaves the poorest country of Europe for the richest. He needs money to marry and obey the rules of his people. But the eldorado has its own rules, it is not welcoming to strangers and only the strongest survive. The Albanian is one of them, and he will pay the price. And learn that losing his innocence does not guarantee a fair return ticket.


Johannes Naber was born in 1971. He studied Philosophy and Indian Philology at the Freie Universität Berlin and Film at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Active as a freelance director, scriptwriter and gaffer, his award-winning films include: LEINFELDEN-ECHTERDINGEN (1997, short), POPSTAR (1999, music doc), ANFASSEN ERLAUBT (2005, doc), DER ZWEIFEL (2007, short), and the features THE ALBANIAN (2010), AGE OF CANNIBALS (2013), and HEART OF STONE (2016).
Genre Society, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Johannes Naber
Screenplay Johannes Naber, Christoph Silber, Alexander Stemmle
Cinematography Sten Mende
Ben von Grafenstein
Oli Biehler
Ina Timmerberg
Cast Nik Xhelilaj, Amos Zaharia, Stipe Erceg, Ivan Shvedoff, Eva Löbau, Xhejlane Terbunja, André M. Hennicke
Producer Boris Schönfelder
Co-Producer Dritan Huqi
Production Company Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion
Length 104 min
Format 35 mm, color, HDCAM SR
Original Version
 German/Albanian
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Moscow 2010 (Feature Competition), Karlovy Vary 2010 (East of the West Competition), Pristina 2010 (In Competition), Pusan 2010, Bergen 2010 (In Competition), Cinéma Tout Ecran Geneva 2010 (In Competition), Palm Springs 2011, Max Ophühls Festival Saarbrücken 2011
Awards Silver George Special Jury Prize & Best Leading Actor Moscow 2010, Reflet d'Or Best Film (ex aequo) & Audience Award Geneva, Max Ophüls Prize Saarbrücken 2011
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, Albanian National Center of Cinematography
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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