Ten-year old Nori and his father Gesim earn their living by selling cigarettes in pre-war Kosovo of the nineties. Gesim will hear nothing of Nori’s mother. He is an expert at escaping the past and now he wants to flee Kosovo, without Nori. But the boy tries everything in his means to prevent his dad from leaving. An accident results. The shocked father takes Nori to the hospital. When Nori gets out, his father is simply gone. Angry, yet determined Nori sets out on a perilous journey to find his father and indeed finds him in Germany. With the persistence only a child can have, he confronts his father and cannot forgive him for desertion.
- Best Director, Europa Cinema Labels Prize (Best European Film) - Karlovy Vary IFF
- Young German Cinema Award, One Future Prize - Munich IFF
- Special Jury Prize - Cineast FF
- Best Debut Film - FF Cottbus
- Cineuropa Prize - Cinémamed
- Best Actor (Astrit Kabashi) - Angers FF
- Best Fiction Film - Crossing Europe FF
- Val Maloku
- Astrit Kabashi
- Adriana Matoshi
- Enver Petrovci
- Xhevedet Jashari
- Alban Ukaj
- Visar Morina
- Matteo Cocco
- Stefan Stabenow
- Benedikt Schiefer
- HERETIC OUTREACH
- NIKO FILM
The absence of melodrama in the storytelling is impressive.
What inspired me to make films wasn’t realistic at all. I love abstract work.
Visar Morina (b. 1979, Pristina, Kosovo) has served as both writer and director on his films. In 2009 he graduated from Germany’s Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln). His early dramatic shorts include A SAFE PLACE FOR EVERYONE (2007), SIRENS (2008), DEATH BY SUFFOCATION (2010 – Grand Prize in the international competition of student films at Fresh Film Fest), and OF DOGS AND WALLPAPER (2013 – short film competition at the Locarno IFF). His drama BABAI, a directorially mature debut that stars a child protagonist, won the Best Director award at Karlovy Vary IFF 2015.