Director: Bujar Alimani

Albania, Graikija, France, drama, 2011, 83 min

Once a month, Elsa takes a long bus trip to visit her husband behind bars. Septim shares this monthly event: his wife has been locked up as well. A man and a woman meet accidentally outside a jail. A tender love story blossoms between them, but it has to end when their spouses are suddenly granted amnesty. Bujar Alimani’s debut feature Amnesty is a subtle exploration of Albanian society in flux and divided between morality and passion.


2011 – Cineuropa Prize at the European Film Festival of Lecce (Italy).
2011 – CICAE award at the International Berlin Film Festival (Germany).
2011 – Award of International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI at the European Film Festival of Lecce (Italy).

About the director:

Albanian film director Bujar Alimani was born in 1969. He studied painting and stage direction at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana. In 1992 he emigrated to Greece, where he worked as an assistant director on several Greek films. In 2002, he directed his first short film “To Katoi”. Amnesty is Alimani’s debut feature film.

Section: Identity

Screenplay: Bujar Alimani

Dir. of Photography: Elias Adamis

Cast: Luli Bitri, Karafil Shena, Todi Llupi, Mirela Naska, Alaksander Rrapi