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Yol (1982)

When five Kurdish prisoners are granted one week's home leave, they find to their dismay that they face continued oppression outside of prison from their families, the culture, and the government.


Yilmaz Güney
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tarik Akan ... Seyit Ali
Serif Sezer ... Ziné
Halil Ergün Halil Ergün ... Mehmet Salih
Meral Orhonsay ... Emine
Necmettin Çobanoglu Necmettin Çobanoglu ... Ömer
Semra Uçar Semra Uçar ... Gülbahar
Hikmet Çelik Hikmet Çelik ... Mevlüt
Sevda Aktolga Sevda Aktolga ... Meral
Tuncay Akça Tuncay Akça ... Yusuf
Hale Akinli Hale Akinli ... Seyran
Turgut Savas Turgut Savas ... Zafer
Hikmet Tasdemir ... Sevket
Engin Çelik Engin Çelik ... Mirza
Osman Bardakçi Osman Bardakçi ... Berber Elim
Enver Güney Enver Güney ... Cindé


A harsh portrait of Turkey, its people and its authorities, shown through the stories of five prisoners given a week's home leave, and the problems they encounter in adjusting to the world outside. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The story of three families' search for freedom.




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This movie was the first turkish movie which won an international price (Palme d'or of Cannes Festival) and it was made by a Kurdish. See more »


Seyit Ali: There's pity in one corner of my heart and hatred in the other.
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Alternate Versions

The original version of the Ömer segments included a sequence in which the plight of Turkey's Kurdish population is discussed, with the sequence prefaced with the location title 'Kurdistan'. The sensitivity surrounding this issue in Turkey was part of the reason the film was banned there for many years. These scenes were not restored to the 2017 'Full Version' release, nor are the included on the Korean-issued DVD of the film. See more »


Version of Yol: The Full Version (2017) See more »

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political prisoners
24 July 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Turkey is officially the only functioning democracy in the Middle East, along with Israel. But "Yol" shows that regardless of Turkey's official classification, it does have political prisoners. In this case, five of them are given a leave so that they can visit their families. While on their leaves, they (and the audience) get to see the realities of life. They may have been released from prison, but there are some metaphoric prisons that we can never escape, no matter how free we consider ourselves.

It was interesting that Yilmaz Guney managed to make this movie from jail. He did a very good job here.

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Turkey | Switzerland | France


Turkish | Kurdish

Release Date:

1 September 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Az út See more »

Filming Locations:

Diyarbakir, Turkey See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (Restored version)


Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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