Hana is trying to escape from a lack of perspective in Kosovo. She meets Emir, a Serbian smuggler who will drive her to Hungary. On the road, complications arise as Emir’s unscrupulous associates take advantage of Hana’s vulnerability. In the midst of a frozen winter, Hana’s courage and Emir’s honour will be tested.
In this personal story, filmmaker Fisnik Maxville, born in Kosovo during the dismantlement of Yugoslavia and emigrated illegally to Switzerland in 1993, deals with immigration, human trafficking, and the central question of identity. The two main characters remind us of the tension between Kosovo and Serbia. Hardly any words are spoken while two worlds collide.
Maxville constantly asks what independence actually means and how it can be reached. Lost Exile evokes a state of loneliness and despair in which the characters are trapped. In this fragile ecosystem where solidarity is challenged, the filmmaker subtly creates a story that reunites two enemies and offers a new narrative: care as a means to escape brutality.
Delphine Jeanneret is a film curator, lecturer, and deputy dean of the film department at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD). She is part of the artistic committee at Locarno Film Festival (Open Doors), Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and La Fête du Slip, and co-founder of Festival Cinéma Jeune Public in Lausanne, and president of the association Ciné-Doc, promoting documentary forms in Switzerland.