Feature film 'Exil' by Visar Morina was highly praised the audience and critics at its world premiere in Sundance, the largest independent film festival in the US. This is a historical milestone for Kosovar film and cinema.
The film tells the story of Xhafer, a Kosovo-migrant to Germany, and a chemistry engineer who feels discriminated and harassed in the workplace which plunges him into an identity crisis.
“In general I am a foreigner myself even though I have German citizenship. There’s no way you can be a foreigner in Europe and not sometimes have thoughts like Xhafer,” says the director, who fled to Germany with his family when he was 15 during Slobodan Milosevic’s reign of terror in Kosovo. “Some details come from myself and my family.”
'Exil' is a co-production between Komplizen Film Germany, Icon Studio Kosovo and Frakas from Belgium funded by the Minister for Culture and Media, Film- and Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund, Belgium Film Tax Shelter, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Kosovo Film Center, Eurimages, and German Federal Film Board.
The film also brings in a brilliant cast of actors such as Sandra Hüller, Mišel Matieviiq, Astrit Kabashi, Valentina Dubovci, Flonja Kodheli, Getuart Hajrizaj, Ameli Kabashi.