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by Artan Minarolli


Twenty-two-year-old Koli is studying at Tirana university. When he hears of his father’s death, he returns to his native mountain village in the north to attend the funeral. During a walk through the countryside of his childhood, someone takes a shot at him. In a state of shock, the young man discovers that he is part of a blood feud sparked by his grandfather sixty years earlier. He goes to see the family to whom, according to custom, he owes his life – and, in doing so, he makes the acquaintance of the murderer whom fate has determined will take it. Away from his modern urban environment, Koli suddenly finds himself in a world of ancient, inexorable rituals, from which he is unable to extricate himself even after his return to Tirana.

international title: Alive!
original title: Alive!
country: Albania, Austria, France
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Artan Minarolli
film run: 90'
screenplay: Artan Minarolli
cast: Nik Xhelilaj, Bruno Shllaku, Besart Kallaku, Nijada Saliasi, Xhevdet Ferri
cinematography by: Jacques Bouquin
film editing: Oliver Neumann
art director: Ylli Bepiri, Mihal Rama
music: Baptiste Bouquin
producer: Ebba Sinzinger, Vincent Lucassen, Artan Minarolli, Marie Balducchi
production: WILDart Film, Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo, Art Film
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