Oscars: Kosovo Selects 'Babai' for Foreign-Language Category

Babai Poster - H 2015
Courtesy Kosovo Cinematography Center

The debut film by Visar Morina is the tiny Balkan state's second-ever nomination for the Academy Awards.

Kosovo has nominated Visar Morina's Babai, which means father, for the best foreign film at the Oscars.

It is only the second time the tiny Balkan republic has put up a film for the Academy Awards, having won the right last year.

A debut written and directed by Morina, the film, a co-production with Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia and France, won best director at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in July.  It also picked up three prizes at the Munich Film Festival, where in the German New Talent section it won best script, director and actor, shared by Astrit Kabashi and Val Moloko, who play the father and son.

The film, Kosovo's most expensive ever, with a budget of $2 million, tells the story of a 10-year-old boy abandoned after his father leaves to search for a better life in Germany. The title is also in selection for this year's 28th European Film Awards.

Babai is produced by NiKo Film, Germany,Produksioni Krusha, Kosovo, Skopje Film Studio, Macedonia and Eaux Vives Productions, France, WDR and ARTE, with support from Germany's NRW fund, the Kosovo Cinematography Center and other European public film funds. Heretic Outreach is handling international sales.