Actress and writer Ayca falls in love with actor Hama Ali, famous for his performance as Iraq’s version of Superman, while filming just before the outbreak of the Iraq War. The lovers are forced to separate but vow to be reunited.
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Inventive and impassioned micro-budget Kurdish/Turkish new wave / festival hit. See my interview with director Huseyin Karabey. http://microwave.filmlondon.org.uk/get_the_news/smashing_borders_the_turkish_new_wave
This is an unexpected version of the 9/11 post period story. You get a glance of the differences between Turkey, Iraq and Iran. It's also interesting to see how the war affected the regular population of those countries. The movie also registers the singularities of these cultures, like music, clothing, cars, ethnicity and, of course, religion.
Beautiful cinematic exploration of the man-made obstacles and institutions that divide people. I think everything really anchors off Ayca's statement towards the beginning:"We are like gypsies, aren't we? As long as we're with our loved ones, I would live anywhere." Our hearts cannot see borders, feel cultural differences, or hear different languages.
Not a lot of production values or a big narrative, but nonetheless an earnest and organic film that is both the retelling of a doomed relationship and the international conflicts the doomed a lot of people. Ayça is fierce and effortless on the screen (playing herself) and Karabey demonstrates that even with no money and not all the technical prowess one could have, it'll get interesting once you know what you want.
@Debbie. The fact is that we're all living under the wage of personal misunderstandings, mistakes, etc. and in an intense to find the breath of truth, something to make us happy and to feel liberated from the curse of our nation/society, somewhere in the Balkans, the Middle East and the West Asia.. Very good pictures, wonderful pictures from Istanbul, Turkey, and Iran.