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The Delegation

DirectorBujar Alimani
ProducerEmir Turkeshi Gramo – Art Film; Zorba Production, Graal Films, Bleri Production
WriterArtan Minarolli
CameraIlias Adamis
EditorBonita Papastadhi
CastViktor Zhusti, Xhevdet Feri, Ndricim Xhepa, Ermir Topi, Gani Morina, Armend Smajli, Rovena Lule
SoundXenophon Kontopoulos

Length77 min
CountryAlbania, France, Greece, Kosovo
SectionCurrent Relevant Cinema / Focus: Europe, 30 Years After the Berlin Wall
ScreeningFriday 8 November | 21:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sunday 10 November | 19:15 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag

An Albanian government official is sent on a mission to a faraway prison in order to bring an important dissident back to the capital. But nothing goes as planned. Winner of the Grand Prix at the Warsaw IFF and Trieste FF. Dutch Premiere


October 1990, the communist regime in Albania is trying to hold on to power. A European delegation comes to Tirana to monitor the government’s implementation of reforms. In a remote area of the country, a political prisoner is transferred overnight without knowing where or why. The car transporting him breaks down deep in the mountains. The prisoner gets acquainted with his two guards, officials devoted to the Albanian Communist Party. Their personal stories intertwine and tensions burst, just like the history of a country in turmoil.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Tirana International Film Festival, 2018 – Best Screenplay, Media Award, Audience Choice Award, Special Mention for actors Viktor Zhusti, Ndriçim Xhepa, Xhevdet Ferri | Warsaw International Film Festival, 2018 – Grand Prix, Ecumenical Jury Award | Trieste Film Festival, 2019 – Best Feature Film, PAG Jury Award

Director’s bio

Bujar Alimani was born in 1969 in Patos, Albania. He studied painting and stage directing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana. In 1992 he immigrated to Greece, where he worked as an assistant director on several Greek films. His feature debut “Amnesty” (2011), was the first Albanian film funded by the Council of Europe fund, Eurimages. The film was the first official participation of Albania at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the CICAE Prize. His second film ‘’Chromium’’, a co-production between Albania, Kosovo, Germany and Greece, was screened at many festivals around the world, and went on to represent Albania in the foreign language category at the Academy Awards 2016. ‘’The Delegation’’ is Alimani’s third feature film. He lives and works in New York, USA.