The Return

Category: feature
Director: Kastriot Abdyli
Country: Republic of North Macedonia, Kosovo
Year: 2017
Length: 81'
Production Status: completed


This contemporary story takes place in a Balkan village where the old and the new, the traditional and the modern, eastern and western, all intertwine. Ilir, a young Albanian man from Macedonia who migrated to France, has decided to marry a French woman by the name of Sabine (perhaps out of love, but perhaps also to secure his residence permit). Because of legal issues (Ilir entered France on a fake visa) he must return to his native village to marry. This seems like a great opportunity for him to see his family again after seven years of absence, and for Sabine to learn more about his roots. However, their surprise visit quickly turns sour when Ilir's father, a traditional old man, realizes that his son has returned only to marry a foreign woman and then leave again, thus breaking a promise he once made to a girl from their village.

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