Magazine article Screen International

K5 Independent Takes Father

Magazine article Screen International

K5 Independent Takes Father

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K5 Independent is to handle international sales for Visar Morina's feature debut Father (Babai) which is currently shooting in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Shooting began at the beginning of this month in Macedonia's Ohrid for the German-Kosovar-Macedonian co-production between Nicole Gerhards' NiKo Film, Produksioni Krusha and Skopjie Film Studio.

A refugee hostel somewhere in Germany was recreated on the grounds of the the former British and NATO headquarters in Mönchengladbach-Rheindahlen, and there is also shooting at locations in Kosovo.

Financial backing for the production has come from broadcasters WDR and ARTE, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Kosovo Cinematography Center, German Federal Film Board (FFA), nordmedia, and the Macedonian Film Fund. Theatrical distribution in Germany will be handled by Berlin-based missingFilms.

Pristina-born Morina, who studied at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne, also wrote the screenplay about 10-year-old Nori who is obliged to grow up at a very young age after the early death of his mother and then being abandoned by his father Gezim in the Kosovo of the 1990s.

After a dangerous and eventful journey, Nori finally arrives in Germany and is reunited with his father, but he cannot understand how Gezim could just have left him. And chances of them being able to stay in Germany look bleak when Gezim's application for asylum is rejected.

Morina's debut sees him working again with the DoP Matteo Cocco who had been behind the camera on his 30-minute short Of Dogs And Wallpaper.

This production by augenschein Filmproduktion in co-production with ZDF/Arte and Film- und Medienstiftung NRW had competed in Locarno's Pardi di Domani shorts competition last year.

NikoFilm has already had experience of working in Kosovo with Isa Qosjan's Three Windows And A Hanging which was pitched at connecting cottbus in 2012 and will have its world premiere in Sarajevo next month. …

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