Kosova/Holland. 85 min. 2017
Teenager Alban lives in Amsterdam with his mother Zana, who left Kosovo during the war in the Balkans. When he starts going out with the sensitive Ana, neither of them has any idea that unresolved injustices and shadows from the past will make their way to the surface. This insightful, mature debut by a Kosovan director reminds us how difficult forgiveness and reconciliation can be.
Unwanted (Albanian: T’padashtun) is a 2017 Kosovan drama film directed by Edon Rizvanolli. It was selected as the Kosovan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
Born and raised in Prishtina, he was forced to leave for Austria in the early 90’s, after the wars in former Yugoslavia broke out. He started his acting carrier in 1993 as Romeo in an amateur Theatre Group in Salzburg, Austria. This was followed with a contract in a professional ensemble where he went on to act for the next 3 years. In 1996 he moved to NYC and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, for the next two years. After returning to Austria in 1998, he continued working as a stage actor in Vienna. During this period he got interested in the other aspects of filmmaking and made his first short film Blownaway. Since 2007 he lives in Amsterdam where he works mainly as an actor. His debut feature “T’padashtun” premiered at the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2017 and was selected as Kosovo’s entry for the 2018 Best Foreign Film Academy Award. He is a member of the European Film Academy since 2017.
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