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    Babai

    Directed by

    Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia, France

    2015

    104 min

    • English
    • German
    • Albanian
    • Serbian

    Drama

    Kosovo's submission for the Academy Awards

    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.

    Awards

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    • 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

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Val Maloku
    Astrit Kabashi
    Adriana Matoshi
    Enver Petrovci
    Xhevedet Jashari
    Alban Ukaj
    Screenplay
    Visar Morina
    Cinematography
    Matteo Cocco
    Editing
    Stefan Stabenow
    Music
    Benedikt Schiefer
    Sales
    HERETIC OUTREACH
    Production
    NIKO FILM

    Press

    The absence of melodrama in the storytelling is impressive.

    Alissa Simon, Variety

    Visar Morina

    Visar Morina

    Kosovo

    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.

    Selected Filmography