Babai — New York Premiere


Albanian Institute Presents

Albanian Institute is pleased to present the premiere screening of film Babai, with partners at Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI).

We are thrilled to announce that Visar Morina’s richly layered, gratifyingly ambitious film, Babai, starring Astrit Kabashi and Val Maloku, will have its North American Premiere as the Opening Night selection at Panorama Europe Film Festival taking place at Museum of Moving Image (MoMI) on May 15, 2015!

This heartrending father-son saga is a timely look at the refugee plight as seen through the eyes of a child. In Kosovo in the early 1990s, ten-year-old Nori (Val Maloku) and his father (Astrit Kabashi) eke out a meager subsistence selling cigarettes on the streets. But when his father flees to Germany without him, the steadfast Nori boldly follows after him, making the risky journey across Europe as an undocumented immigrant. Winner of the Best Director award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and of multiple prizes at the Munich Film Festival, the feature debut from Kosovar-born, Germany-based director Morina marks the arrival of an impressive new talent. In Albanian, German, and English with English subtitles.

A film by Visar Morina. 2014. With Val Moloku, Astrit Kabashi, Adriana Matoshi, Alban Ukaj.

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Date & Time

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 6:45 PM


Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI)

36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106.

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About the Director

VISAR MORINA is a Kosovo-born, Germany-based director and screenwriter who has garnered many awards and prizes for his screenwriting and film work. He broke through into the international film scene with his 2015 feature film debut, Babai, that earned him numerous accolades. Morina developed his formal film studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, during this period he worked on various film and theatre projects as assistant director at the Schauspiel Köln and the Volksbühne Berlin, among others. His diploma film DER SCHÜBLING (Death By Suffocation) was awarded at several national and international festivals, including ‘Most Surprising International Film of the Year’ at the Odense International Film Festival in 2010. His subsequent short OF DOGS AND WALL PAPER (2013) was selected for the International Short Film Competition at Locarno IFF 2013 and nominated for the German Short Film Award in 2014.

Visar Morina’s debut feature film BABAI premiered in 2015, burst onto the scene at the Munich Film Festival, winning three times at the fest’s German Cinema New Talent Awards for Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor, followed by Morina winning the Best Director prize at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2015.

Visar Morina
Director Visar Morina


The Festival Board, headed by Gaelle Duchemin, European Union Delegation to the United Nations, is comprised of the Albanian Institute New York, the Arts Council Malta in New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Balassi Institute – Hungarian Cultural Center New York, the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, the Consulate General of Portugal, the Consulate General of Slovakia, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia and the Slovenian Film Centre, the General Representation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A., the Goethe-Institut New York, Instituto Cervantes, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Consulate General of Greece in New York and the Onassis Foundation (USA), and the Polish Cultural Institute New York. 

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