THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD
February 19, 2012, 6:00 P.M.
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Outside the Box [Office] and Sundance Selects invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of
The Forgiveness of Blood
6:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 19th, 2012
The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
2011 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL
2011 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2011 AFI FEST
In select theaters on Friday, February 24th
About The Forgiveness of Blood
Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the Berlin Film Festival, the powerful and richly textured second feature from Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace) focuses on an Albanian family caught up in a blood feud. Nik (Tristan Halilaj) is a carefree teenager in a small town with a crush on the school beauty and ambitions to start his own internet café. His world is suddenly up-ended when his father and uncle become entangled in a land dispute that leaves a fellow villager murdered. According to a centuries-old code of law, this entitles the dead man's family to take the life of a male from Nik's family as retribution. His uncle in jail and his father in hiding, Nik is the prime target and confined to the home while his younger sister Rudina (Sindi Laçej) is forced to leave school and take over their father's business. Working with non-professional Albanian actors and a local co-writer, Marston boldly contrasts antiquated traditions with the lives of the young people whose future is put at risk by them.
35mm print provided courtesy of Sundance Selects. Not rated. Running time: 109 minutes. In Albanian, with English subtitles.
To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.
What fascinated me most about Albania, from the start, is that it is a country in transition, and thus full of interesting contrasts and contradictions. Blood feuds (in Albania or elsewhere) are generally presented as inexorable, archaic traditions practiced by violent, backward people. My intention in the film is to turn this view on its head, to humanize the portrayal by telling an everyday story of one particular family through the points of view of sympathetic, ordinary individuals. The film is a complicated examination of people grappling with the pull of a deeply rooted tradition versus the need and desire to modernize and become a part of the world from which they had been cut off for over forty years. With increased globalization, more than ever we live amid a confluence of cultures as well as conflicts between tradition and modernity. Looking outward – even to northern Albania – thus becomes a way of looking inward, at universal questions like how we carry forward old traditions into new times, and what it means for young people to grow up in the face of a widening generation gap.
-- Joshua Marston
About Outside the Box [Office]
Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday and Sunday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.
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Check-In & Reservations
This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 5:30 P.M.
All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.
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