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Gitmek: My Marlon and Brando (2008)
"Gitmek: Benim Marlon ve Brandom" (original title)

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Three years ago, in real-life, Hama Ali, a charismatic actor from Iraq famous locally for his performance as Iraq's version of Superman, met Ayca on a film-set. He and Ayca, a fiery actress... See full summary »

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Three years ago, in real-life, Hama Ali, a charismatic actor from Iraq famous locally for his performance as Iraq's version of Superman, met Ayca on a film-set. He and Ayca, a fiery actress from Turkey, had a passionate love affair before returning to their respective homes. From his Kurdish village, Hama Ali sends Ayca video love letters which he has filmed on his handycam. She watches them from her sofa in Istanbul, with her cat for company. The video love letters capture the hellish violence engulfing Iraq, the goats and uncles populating his rural area, and also his tender affection towards her. Feeling suffocated by her own city and angered by the indifference towards the war that surrounds her, Ayca decides to make the journey eastwards to Iraq to be reunited with her lover. GITMEK, a dramatic feature film, is based on the true story of Ayca's departure from Istanbul and her extraordinary journey to the Iraqi border. At a time when many people were fleeing from East to West in ... Written by Anonymous

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"My Marlon and Brando", a not so funny title for a serious Turkish film.
3 December 2009 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

It is said that technology has helped to transform our big world into a small village where distances do not have a major role to play.However, one must ensure that a judicious use of technology is made in order to benefit from its positive usage."My Marlon and Brando" is one such authentic road movie which makes an honest use of technology as it has been shot in the format of a video love letter.It is not an ordinary love story as it takes place in the times of war.This has been shown by depicting ordinary people in Turkey who protest against American invasion of Iraq.It is due to such a war that ordinary people are forced to face problems whenever they move from one country to another. The most important lesson that can be retained from this film concerns the status of women in Turkish and Iranian societies.Iranian customs are different from Turkish ones.It is for this reason that this film's leading lady Ayca is always reminded to cover her head. Turkish actress Ayca Damgaci is remarkable to watch as a theater actress whose failures make us all believe that acting profession is really a sad business. Film critic Lalit Rao saw this film with "Uberto Pasolini",Producer : The Full Monty,Director:Machan at 13th International Film Festival of Kerala 2008 at Trivandrum where this Turkish film directed by Huseyin Karabey won best début film prize.


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