The Albanian

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The Albanian
Der Albaner
Directed by Johannes Naber
Produced by Boris Schönfelder
Dritan Huqi
Written by Johannes Naber
Starring Nik Xhelilaj
Xhejlane Tërbunja
Ivan Shvedoff
Amos Zaharia
Stipe Erceg
Çun Lajçi
André Hennicke
Music by Oliver Biehler
Cinematography Sten Mende
Edited by Ben Von Grafenstein
Distributed by ARTE
Neue Schönhauser Filmproduktion
On Film Production
Südwestrundfunk (SWR)
Release date
  • June 23, 2010 (2010-06-23) (Moscow)
  • June 28, 2010 (2010-06-28) (Germany)
  • October 30, 2010 (2010-10-30) (Albania)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Albania
Language German

The Albanian (German: Der Albaner, Albanian: Shqiptari) is a 2010 German and Albanian drama film directed by Johannes Naber and starring the Albanian award-winning Nik Xhelilaj.


For the sake of love and the situations imposed by the life in his country, Arben emigrates to Germany. An illegal emigration, in search of money, a subtle condition to protect his love; an adventure that unintentionally confronts him with the unmerciful world of crime.[1]


Awards and competition[edit]

Within a short screening period, the film has won several awards and the sympathy of the audience. The leading actor Nik Xhelilaj has earned three Best Leading Actor awards until now in three different film festivals.[1]

Awards won

The film has also competed in other film festivals such as 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and 22nd Palm Springs International Film Festival and 15th Busan International Film Festival.[10]


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