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by Johannes Naber


Arben is a young Albanian mountain-dweller who occasionally crosses the border into neighbouring Greece, returning to his native village with money to help support his large family. When he finds out, however, that his secret love Etleva is expecting a baby and that her parents are demanding 10,000 EUR from him for the wedding, Arben sets off for distant Germany in search of bigger wages. Coming from a poor environment, he suddenly finds himself in the land of the affluent. But the “European dream” cherished by this illegal immigrant, now stuck in a country with no friends, experience or knowledge of the language, soon turns into a nightmare.

international title: The Albanian
original title: Der Albaner
country: Germany, Albania
sales agent: Aktis Film International GmbH
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Johannes Naber
release date: DE 04/08/2011
screenplay: Johannes Naber
cast: Nik Xhelilaj, Xhejlane Terbunja, Ivan Shvedoff, Amos Zaharia, Stipe Erceg
cinematography by: Sten Mende
film editing: Ben Von Grafenstein
art director: Ina Timmerberg
music: Oli Biehler
producer: Boris Schönfelder
production: Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion GmbH, On Film Production (AL)

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