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by Edmond Budina


Many years of unfair suffering in a foreign prison are nothing compared to the ingratitude of our loved ones, who become unrecognisable when it comes to money and defending their own interests, without considering that destroying one’s soul and the environment means, in the first place, losing and destroying oneself. Jani, a 60-year-old man, comes back to his homeland, Albania, after a long detention in Ancona, only to find that everything has changed. From his old neighbour Marko he learns a series of shocking truths: his wife died soon after he was arrested in Italy, and his son Andi, who never tried to get in touch with him during all those years in prison, has meanwhile become one of the most influential and corrupt politicians. Jani goes to visit his small home town with Marko and what he finds is an old rundown Albanian village…

international title: Broken
original title: Të thyer
country: Albania, Italy, North Macedonia
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Edmond Budina
film run: 97'
screenplay: Edmond Budina
cast: Edmond Budina, Nikolla LLambro, Laert Vasili, Gladiola Harizaj, Artan Islami, Sotiraq Bratko, Syrja Meçe, Ylli Trajçe, Rachele Laro, Ansa Rochi
cinematography by: Daniele Baldacci
film editing: Roberto Missiroli, Barbara De Mori
art director: Leander Ljarja
costumes designer: Burim Musliu, Stela Laknori
music: Oliver Josifovski
producer: Adele Budina, Paolo Maria Spina, Dimitar Nikolov
production: AB Film, Revolver, Kt Film & Media
backing: MiBACT (IT), Cinema Dept Culture Ministry Macedonia (MK)
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