Archive of films Babai / Babai

Germany / Kosovo / Macedonia / France
2015, 103 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2015

The story of ten-year-old Nori plays out in Kosovo, in Germany, and on the road between the two countries. His father Gezim dominates his entire world, however, one day he leaves for work in the “West” and Nori won’t be placated concerning his sudden disappearance. This feature debut from a talented Kosovan filmmaker is rendered with exceptional intensity and a flair for portraying the emotional complexities of the child’s situation.


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. Desperate Nori’s secret journey to find his father occupies a large part of the story, during which he gets knocked down hard but learns to snap back with resilience. In the end he is more grown-up than Gezim ever was, but this statement suggests a bitterness over a childhood lost among people whose sole forms of communication are harsh words, hands raised in aggression, injustice, and betrayal.

Zdena Škapová

About the director

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 (Sicherheit für Alle, 2007), Sirens (Sirenen, 2008), Death by Suffocation (Der Schübling, 2010 – Grand Prize in the international competition of student films at Fresh Film Fest), and Of Dogs and Wallpaper (Von Hunden und Tapeten, 2013 – competed in the short film competition at the Locarno IFF). The well executed drama Babai is a directorially mature debut that stars a child protagonist.


NiKo Film
Prinzessinnenstr. 16, 10969, Berlin

heretic outreach
Promitheos 18, Halandri, 152 34, Athens

About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Visar Morina
Screenplay: Visar Morina
Dir. of Photography: Matteo Cocco
Music: Benedikt Schiefer
Editor: Stefan Stabenow
Art Director: Jutta Freyer
Producer: Nicole Gerhards
Production: NiKo Film
Coproduction: Produksioni Krusha, Skopje Film Studio, Eaux Vives Productions
Cast: Val Maloku, Astrit Kabashi, Adriana Matoshi, Enver Petrovci, Xhevedet Jashari, Alban Ukaj
Sales: heretic outreach
Contact: NiKo Film


Visar Morina

Film Director

Nicole Gerhards


Xenia Maingot


Adriana Matoshi


Astrit Kabashi


Val Maloku


Aurita Agushi


Xhevdet Jashari


Enver Petrovci


Visar Krusha


Arben Zharku

Film Institution Rep.

Johanna Dathe

Festival Organizer

Benedikt Schiefer

Music Composer

Armend Smajli


Tomi Salkovski


Haki Kikaj


Ioanna Stais

Sales Agent

Matteo Cocco

Director of Photography


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