Racial and psychological tensions, claustrophobically observed in both the workplace and at home, come to a head in Visar Morina’s masterfully directed thriller about one man’s identity crisis as a foreigner in Germany..

Exil
Director: Visar Morina
Cast: Mišel Matičević, Sandra Hüller, Rainer Bock, Thomas Mraz, Flonja Kodheli
Duration: 121 mins
Country of Origin: Germany

MViolence, offensive language, nudity, sex scenes & suicide


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Exile

“Nervily comic, impressively poised. Slicing into its protagonist’s psyche with surgical finesse and discomfort, this queasy-comic character study pulls off a subtly perilous balancing act: It’s painfully exact in dramatizing the quiet xenophobia he experiences on a daily basis, even as the mounting possibility of paranoia tilts its point of view. This is quivery sensory cinema that paints complex themes in space and light, sometimes with the camera itself as aggressor: questioning and scrutinizing its protagonist to the last, exquisitely irresolute shot.”
Guy Lodge, VARIETY

“A slow-burning, Kafkaesque tale. Deadpan in its execution but always involving, ‘Exile’ combines thriller-like elements, idiosyncratic behaviour worthy of Yorgos Lanthimos and humour based in awkward moments that hang in the air like a bad smell. The combination of the intriguing and the unsettling makes for a film that worms its way under your skin.”
Allan Hunter, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2020 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Racial and psychological tensions, claustrophobically observed in both the workplace and at home, come to a head in Visar Morina’s enthralling thriller about one man’s identity crisis as a foreigner in Germany.

After a frustrating day of work, Kosovo-born pharmaceutical engineer Xhafer (Mišel Matičević, ‌‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌compelling,‌ ‌controlled‌ ‌performance) returns to his suburban home home to find that someone has hung a dead rat at his front gate. The question of who did it and why slowly eats at him, forever altering his relationships at work and at home. But‌ ‌where‌ ‌he‌ ‌finds‌ ‌microaggressions,‌ ‌gaslighting‌ ‌and‌ ‌hatred‌ ‌at‌ ‌every‌ ‌turn,‌ ‌his‌ ‌German‌ ‌wife‌ ‌(‌Toni‌ ‌Erdmann‌’s‌ ‌S‌andra‌ ‌Hüller)‌ ‌only‌ ‌sees‌ ‌paranoia‌ ‌and‌ ‌honest‌ ‌mistakes.‌ ‌As‌ ‌it‌ ‌becomes‌ ‌clear‌ ‌Xhafer‌ ‌is‌ ‌no‌ ‌innocent‌ ‌himself,‌ ‌the‌ ‌line‌ ‌between‌ ‌real‌ ‌and‌ ‌imagined‌ ‌slights‌ ‌blurs,‌ ‌and‌ ‌his‌ ‌simmering‌ ‌anger‌ ‌slowly‌ ‌rises‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌boil.‌ ‌

Combining subtle images that gradually shift according to his protagonist’s state with meticulous performances from his ensemble, Morina’s masterclass in sustained discomfort describe the importance of personality when it comes to integrating into another society, and how quickly cracks can develop in the supposedly firm construct that is identity.

Exile

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SCREENINGS
Melbourne International Film Festival: MIFF 68 1/2 – Digital Event
7 to 23 August, 2020
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