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  • Thursday 29 September 18:15
  • All Tickets £10.00


83 mins

Director: Bujar Alimani Country: Albania
Writer: Bujar Alimani Original Format: 35mm
Dir. of Photography: Elias Adamis Print Source: 90production
Producer: Bujar Alimani, Thanos Anastopoulos,
Guillaume de Seille
Cast: Luli Bitri, Karafil Shena,
Todi Llupi

Film Details

UK Premiere

Official Selection Feature

Short Synopsis:

Elsa travels once a month, from distant Pogradec, to meet her husband in prison. Spetim also visits the same prison to meet with his wife. A love story between the two visitors will start to grow from the prison walls, until the new amnesty ruling for the prisoners makes life very difficult for them both.  


AmnestySet to the backdrop of unemployment and economic strife in modern day Albania, Amnesty tells the story of Elsa and Shpetim, who both have incarcerated partners. The introduction of conjugal visits in the Albanian prison system provides an opportunity to reconnect with their spouses but instead draws them to each other.

Whilst their partners may be physically incarcerated, both Elsa and Shpetim are equally trapped, as they struggle with poverty and loneliness.  Their sexual encounters with their spouses are loveless, cold and awkward, the fact that we never see their faces hinting at the alienation and emotional distance each feel in their respective marriages.   

At first they lead parallel lives but eventually they are drawn together and begin to find comfort in each other. The scorn and disdain of Elsa’s father however, starts to put pressure on their situation. When an amnesty for prisoners is announced and their partners are freed, Elsa and Shpetim become more trapped than ever, the amnesty itself sowing the seeds for the death of their romance and their personal undoing.

Sparse and stripped down, with little dialogue, much of the story is told through subtle looks and expressions on the character’s faces. This is a film which depicts the hardship of life in a broken social landscape and interrogates the traditional patriarchal structures of this society.

Sami El-Hadi 

05 October 2011 Louise Hector Amnesty

In Partnership With

DG ENLARG Southeast Europe: People and Culture is a project organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enlargement. It aims at raising awareness and showing another side of the countries of Southeast Europe that are hoping to join the EU in the future.

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