Joshua Marston’s The Forgiveness of Blood takes home Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Script
Joshua Marston and Andamion Murataj received the Silver Bear Award for Best Script at the 2011 Berlinale. Marston and Mourataj are the writers of Cinereach Productions’ The Forgiveness of Blood, which also received a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury.
The film, produced by Paul Mezey of Journeyman Pictures, and directed by Marston, follows the lives of a teenage boy and his younger sister when they are thrown into turmoil after a killing in a dispute over land draws their northern Albanian family into a blood feud.
The Forgiveness of Blood was produced in partnership with Fandango Portobello, Artists Public Domain, and Lissus Media and received grants from the Goteborg Film Festival Film Fund and New York State Council on the Arts.
This recent Hollywood Reporter interview with Marston sheds more light on the story behind the film.
The Forgiveness of Blood
Writers: Joshua Marston & Andamion Murataj
Director: Joshua Marston
Producer: Paul Mezey
Cinereach congratulates Here, On the Ice, and Yelling to the Sky, which also screened in competition. On the Ice (a Winter 2010 Cinereach Grantee and supported through The Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute) won the Best First Feature Award, which includes a 50,000 Euro prize. Here (supported through The Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute) was recognized with the C.I.C.A.E. Prize from the Panorama Jury.
On the Ice
Writer & Director: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
Producers: Cara Marcous & Lynette Howell
Writers: Braden King & Dani Valent
Director: Braden King
Producers: Jay Van Hoy & Lars Knudsen
Yelling to the Sky
Writer & Director: Victoria Mahoney
Producers: Billy Mulligan, Ged Dickersin, Diane Houslin, Victoria Mahoney