Babai

 
The film, intriguing for its sober expression and focused understanding of the topic, explores ten-year-old Nori’s inner and outer worlds. He encounters nothing but turmoil, and although he lives in a large patriarchal family, he compensates for his emotional distress by developing a strong fixation on his father. Gezim, however, is a weak-willed outsider who uses his son to earn a meager living selling cigarettes on the street. He never wants to talk about why his wife left him, and one day he himself decides to abandon the boy and his former life for a naïve vision of Germany as a change for the better. (Zdena Škapová, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015)

Director's Biography
VISAR MORINA, born in 1979, is a scriptwriter and director from Priština, Kosovo. He graduated from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in 2010. The drama Babai marks Morina’s feature film debut. It received awards in three major categories at the Munich International Film Festival: Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor. // Films (selection): Sicherheit für Alle (A Safe Place for Everyone, 2007, short), Sirenen (Sirens, 2008, short), Der Schübling (Death by Suffocation, 2010, short), Von Hunden und Tapeten (Of Dogs and Wallpaper, 2013, short), Babai (2015)
CROSSING EUROPE Award
Best Fiction Film 2016
CROSSING EUROPE AWARDS
2016: CROSSING EUROPE Award - Best Fiction Film
Competition Fiction 2016
Visar Morina
Germany / Kosovo / North Macedonia / France 2015
color
103 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Visar Morina
Cinematography Matteo Cocco
Editing Stefan Stabenow, Anne Fabini, Maja Tennstedt
Sound/Sounddesign Igor Popovski, Malte Bieler
Music Benedikt Schiefer
With Val Maloku, Astrit Kabashi, Adriana Matoshi, Enver Petrovci, Xhevdet Jashari, Alban Ukaj
Producer(s) Nicole Gerhards (NiKo Film, DE), Visar Krusha (Produksioni Krusha, KO), Tomi Salkovski (Skopje Film Studio, MK), Xénia Maingot (Eaux Vives Productions, FR)
Production
NiKo Film Prinzessinnenstraße 16 10969 Berlin Germany info@nikofilm.de www.nikofilm.de
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Munich International Film Festival 2015

Internat. Premiere / International Premiere
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere