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VILLA @ GOETHE: BABAI – Screening and Film Discussion

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Discussion with filmmaker Visar Morina, moderated by Vera Mijojlić, Director of the Southeast European Film Festival (SEEfest), and reception following the screening. 

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Writer-Director: Visar Morina, Germany, 2015, 103 min., Albanian and German with English subtitles, digital. 

Starring: Val Maloku, Astrit Kabashi,  Adriana Matoshi, Enver Petrovci,  Xhevdet Jashari, Alban Ukaj.

Kosovo in the 1990s, before the Serbian attack and the war that followed: Ten-year-old Nori and his father Gezim make a living by illegally selling smuggled cigarettes. Gezim is determined to go to Germany, even if this means leaving his son behind with relatives. For a long time, Nori tries to stay with his father, but it’s all in vain. In the end, the boy embarks on a long and dangerous journey to find Gezim in Germany. They had both imagined their reunion rather differently.


Babai | trailer from heretic on Vimeo.



FILMZ 2015
-Mainzer Rad, Third Place

Filmfest München 2015
-One Future Award
-Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino, Schauspiel
-Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino, Drehbuch
-Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino, Regie
IFF Karlovy Vary 2015
-Best Director
-Europa Cinemas Label Award

With this screening, the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles continues its collaboration with the Villa Aurora’s artist-in-residence program. Under the label “Villa @ Goethe,” artists residing at the Villa Aurora have the opportunity to showcase their projects (past, present, and future) with the friends, patrons and guests here at the Goethe-Institut.
The Villa Aurora is an artists’ residence and historic landmark located in the former home of exiled German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife Marta. To promote and foster German-American cultural exchange and to remember the European exiles that settled in Southern California, Villa Aurora offers a variety of public lectures, screenings and performances. 

Visar Morina graduated from the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln in 2009 with the film Der Schübling. The multi-award winning short film celebrated its premiere at the Filmfestival “Max-Ophüls-Preis” and was broadcast on ARTE. His latest short film Of Dogs and Wallpaper premiered at the International Competition in Locarno in 2013. Babai is his first feature film. Visar Morina was awarded with the MFG-Star 2016.

Presented in cooperation with the Villa Aurora



$1 validated parking (for events only) on weekdays after 6:00 pm and all day on weekends in the Wilshire Courtyard West underground garage-P1.


March 9
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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5750 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States