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Sundance Selects Grabs U.S. Rights to 'The Forgiveness of Blood'

The script from Joshua Marston and Andamion Murataj won the Silver Bear for best screenplay in Berlin.

Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director Joshua Marston's drama The Forgiveness of Blood. The script, which Marston wrote with Andamion Murataj, won the Silver Bear for best screenplay at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival.

Tristan Halilaj, Sindi Laçej and Refet Abazi star in the story of a Northern Albanian family caught up in a blood feud. Paul Mezey produced the project, and Janine Gold, Eric Abraham, Domenico Procacci, Hunter Gray and Tyler Brodie served as executive producers.

Blood is a Fandango Portobello presentation in association with Artists Public Domain and Cinereach, and Lissus Media of a Journeyman Pictures production. Sundance Selects sister label IFC Films previously collaborated with Fandango Portobello on the release of Gomorrah, directed by Matteo Garrone.

"The Forgiveness of Blood is an absolutely riveting and flawlessly directed film," said Sundance Selects president Jonathan Sehring. "Joshua Marston is the perfect addition to our growing slate of filmmaker driven work for our Sundance Selects label which includes films by Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Wim Wenders, Abbas Kiarostami and Bertrand Tavernier."

IFC exec Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Gold of Fandango Portobello on behalf of the filmmakers.

Sundance Selects recently released Kaboom, Cold Weather and Certified Copy. Upcoming releases include the documentaries Tabloid, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Buck.