Visar Morina was born in Pristina (Kosovo) and is based in Cologne. From 2004-2010 he studied film at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. His diploma film Death by Suffocation received awards at several national and international festivals, including ‘Most Surprising International Film of the Year’ at the Odense IFF 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. His much-acclaimed debut Babai (2015) received multiple awards, including Best Director and European Cinema Label at Karlovy Vary IFF, Best Script at Filmfest München and also the Special Jury Prize at CinEast. Exile is his second feature film. The script was honoured with the German Federal Award Lola in Gold for an unfilmed screenplay. The film premiered at the Sundance IFF, was presented at the Berlinale and won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film at this year’s Sarajevo IFF.