Director: Visar Morina
Germany – Kosovo – FYR Macedonia – France 2015, 104 min.
Language: Albanian with English subtitles.
28th November 2017 at 8 pm @Il Kino
“Babai” explores the story of Nori (Val Maloku) and his father Gezim (Astrit Kabashi) both street cigarette vendor in Kosovo of nineties, during Milosevic regime, where the father wants to find a way to illegally migrate to Germany and his son does everything he can so he could be with his father. Caught between the wish to live together and the need to deal with the harsh reality, the father-son relationship comes to a point where nothing between them is as it used to be.
Screenplay: Visar Morina
Cinematography: Matteo Cocco
Costume: Genoveva Kylburg
Casting Director: Susanne Ritter, Blerta Basholli
Music: Benedikt Schiefer
Editing: Stefan Stabenow, Anne Fabini, Maja Tennstedt
Sound Design: Igor Popovski
Supervising Sound Design: Malte Bieler
Re-Recording Mix: Thierry Delor
Production Manager: Claudia Schurian
Production: NiKo Film, Produksioni Krusha, Skopje Film Studio, Eaux Vives Productions
Producer: Nicole Gerhards
Co-producers: Visar Krusha, Tomi Salkovski, Xénia Maingot
Visar Morina was born in 1979 in Prishtina, Kosovo. In 2009 he completed his studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne with the film DER SCHÜBLING. The award-winning short film celebrated its premiere at the Max Ophüls Prize and was broadcast on ARTE. His last short film FROM DOGS AND TAPETEN premiered in 2013 at the International Competition, Locarno, and was nominated for the German Short Film Award 2014. BABAI is his first feature film.