Feature, drama, 2020, 121 min.
Original title: Exil
Language: German, Albanian with English subtitles
Director: Visar Morina
Screenplay: Visar Morina
Cinematography: Matteo Cocco
Cast: Mišel Matičević, Sandra Hüller, Rainer Bock, Thomas Mraz
Producer: Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade
Festivals: Sundance 2020, Berlinale 2020, Crossing Europe Linz 2020, Taipei 2020, New Zealand FF 2020, Melbourne 2020, Shanghai 2020, Sarajevo 2020, Zurich 2020
Awards: German Screenplay Award 2020; Best Film, Best Male Actor, Günter Rohrbach Film Prize; Taiwan Film Critics Society Award, Taipei 2020; Best Film, Sarajevo 2020
Exile is Kosovo’s Oscar® entry for Best International Feature Film.
In the face of micro-aggressions (and worse) from his German work colleagues, a prickly Kosovo-born pharmaceutical engineer becomes increasingly paranoid and plunges into an identity crisis. In only his second feature, director-writer Visar Morina (Babai) creates a knockout experience with claustrophobic cinematography, intelligent production design, and edgy soundscapes, complementing brilliant performances by Mišel Matičević (Babylon Berlin), and the ubiquitous Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann). Variety calls it “a nervily comic, impressively poised psychodrama.” – Alissa Simon