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Xhafer, an academic in his mid-40s who is of Bosnian origin suspects he is being mobbed at work. His wife thinks he is imagining things. EXIL is a slow burning psycho thriller.


Xhafer (Mišel Matičević) finds a dead rat by his garden gate. He isn‘t invited to a meeting about a project he is supposed to lead. His wife (Sandra Hüller) says that it doesn‘t necessarily have to do with racism. Maybe the people just don‘t like him. Xhafer, in his mid 40s and of Bosnian heritage, has three children, a German wife, a medium-sized home in one of those German suburbs, and a well paying academic job, but he can‘t let go of the feeling that someone or everyone is targeting him. The film EXIL, directed by Visar Morina, who migrated to Germany from Bosnia at age 15, is a slow, creeping psychological thriller about subtle racism, the male inability of showing weakness, and toxic work envirionments.

Tom Dorow


Original title: Exil
Belgien/Deutschland/Kosovo 2020, 121 min
Language: German, Albanian
Genre: Drama
Director: Visar Morina
Author: Visar Morina
DOP: Matteo Cocco
Montage: Hansjörg Weißbrich
Music: Benedikt Schiefer
Distributor: Alamode Film
Cast: Sandra Hüller, Mišel Maticevic, Rainer Bock, Susanne Bredehöft, Piet Fuchs
FSK: 12
Release: 20.08.2020




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