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Run Time: 83 minutes
AMNESTY provides a grim look at the lives of Albanians struggling to find a modicum of happiness in an otherwise drab existence. In its effort to bring its justice system to the level of other European nations, Albania has decided to give prisoners conjugal visits. Attractive but subdued Elsa, the mother of two boys, dutifully travels by bus on the fifth of each month to engage in intercourse with her jailed husband. Life is hard for Elsa; Albania hasn't come far since the collapse of the Iron Curtain. She has just lost her job, and she has her dour patriarchal father-in-law to support. Meanwhile, Spetim, a middle-aged man, has also been assigned the fifth of the month to visit his incarcerated wife. Elsa and Spetim meet when they're called as witnesses for a prison wedding. The two form a bond out of a mutual need for human warmth. Suddenly, an AMNESTY is announced for the prisoners, jeopardizing Elsa and Spetim's temporarily happy world. (In Albanian with subtitles) – B.B.
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
François Cluzet, Omar Sy
Bujar Alimani was born in 1969 in Patos, Albania. He studied Painting and Stage Direction at the Academy of Arts in Tirana. After his immigration to Greece in 1992, he began his career as an assistant director and shot several successful short films. This film, his feature debut, is Albania's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®.