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Kosovo Eyes Oscar For Tale of Fatherless Boy

Kosovo has nominated Visar Morina's Babai, the country's most expensive film ever, for the best foreign film prize at the Oscars.

 Kosovo selected Babai for the Oscars.

In only the second time it has ever has put up a film for the Academy Awards - having won the right last year - Kosovo has nominated Babai, a film about an abandoned boy, for an Oscar.

Written and directed by Visar Morina, the co-production with Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia and France won the best director award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in July.  

It also picked up three prizes at the Munich Film Festival, where it won best script, director and actor in the New Talent section.

Kosovo's most expensive movie ever, with a budget of €1.7 million, the title means "Father" in English. It 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 film funds.

Isa Qosja's Three Windows and a Hanging, which premiered at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2014  and won the Cineuropa Award there, was the first film nominated by Kosovo for the Academy Awards.

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