TURTLES CAN FLY (2004) [feature]

Iran/Iraq (MIFF 2005 , Homelands Now: The Middle East in Focus)
Director: Bahman Ghobadi

The remarkable and deeply moving [Turtles Can Fly] puts director Bahman Ghobadi ([A Time for Drunken Horses]) firmly into the ranks of the world's finest filmmakers. Telling the story of four children trying to negotiate the volatile landscape of the Iraqi-Kurdish border region, its humanity, beauty and tragedy have made it an unforgettable cinema experience for critics and audiences around the world.
In a Kurdish refugee camp, villagers desperately seek an update on America's impending attack on Iraq. They turn to 13-year-old Kak Satellite, a respected community leader, entrepreneur and satellite procurer. Just as Kak convinces the village chiefs to buy a satellite dish, a troubled boy arrives from another village with news that the war is getting closer and closer... Kak's situation becomes complicated when he falls for the boy's sister, a tragic figure carrying the burden of the horrors she has endured. Shifting between contemplative, epic sweeps of this extraordinarily beautiful area and the intimate realities of the kids' day-to-day lives, [Turtles Can Fly] is a work of rare power and unforgettable drama.
D/P/S Bahman Ghobadi WS Bac Films L Kurdish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/col/2004/98mins

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