Film screening Exile

Exile © Komplizen Film © Komplizen Film



The German Film Office brings back the Goethe-Institut’s popular German Movie Nights series with an encore screening of the film Exile by Visar Morina. If you missed our Brooklyn Drive-in screening, you can now register to watch the film online between October 30 and November 1. Access will be limited to viewers logging in from New York state. 

Every month, our German Movie Nights will bring a notable film from Germany to a broad audience. The selection will range from box office hits and international co-productions to films lesser-known to US audiences.

First, there’s a dead rat hanging on the door of the house where Xhafer lives with his wife and children. Then his colleagues “accidentally” no longer receive his emails. The signs that the pharmaceutical engineer is being bullied and harassed in his workplace are increasing. Though neither his wife nor his colleagues seem to believe him, this man, who is originally from Kosovo but has built an existence in Germany, feels more and more outcast from his community. Or is he losing touch with reality?

In his second feature-length film, director Visar Morina dissects the psychological effects of social exclusion and presents them here as an interplay between belonging and alienation. Combining subtle images that gradually shift according to his protagonist’s state of mind with meticulous performances from his extraordinary cast, Morina shows how personality can shape the experience of immigration, and how quickly cracks can develop in even the most stable of identities.

Dir. Visar Morina
With Mišel Matičević, Sandra Hüller, Rainer Bock, Thomas Mraz
Germany/Belgium/Kosovo, 2020
121 minutes