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Journey of Hope (1990)

Reise der Hoffnung (original title)
PG | | Drama | 26 April 1991 (USA)
The story of a poor Turkish family who try to emigrate illegally to Switzerland.

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Xavier Koller
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Necmettin Çobanoglu Necmettin Çobanoglu ... Haydar Sener
Nur Sürer Nur Sürer ... Meryem
Emin Sivas Emin Sivas ... Mehmet Ali
Erdinç Akbas Erdinç Akbas ... Adama
Yaman Okay Yaman Okay ... Türkmen
Yasar Güner Yasar Güner ... Haci Baba (as Yasar Gner)
Hseyin Mete Hseyin Mete ... Selçuk
Yaman Tarcan Yaman Tarcan ... Ilyas
Selahattin Firat Selahattin Firat ... Grandfather
Meryem Çaki Meryem Çaki ... Grandmother
Mustafa Mustafa ... Children
Mehmet Mehmet ... Children
Fatma Fatma ... Children
Sükran Sükran ... Children
Zeynep Zeynep ... Children
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Storyline

In a village in eastern Turkey, tales of the economic success of Turks in Switzerland inspire Haydar to convince his wife Meryem that they must go. He sells their livestock and small plot of land in exchange for passage for two. He wants to leave their seven children in the care of the eldest and his parents; his father advises him to take one son to be educated in Europe, as economic insurance. The three set off for Istanbul, Milan, and Switzerland, stowing away on a ship. At Lake Como, they pay the rest of their money to unprincipled men who abandon them at an Alpine pass before a blizzard. Father and son are separated from Meryem. Will anyone reach the land of promise? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Switzerland | Turkey | UK | France

Language:

Turkish | Swiss German | Italian

Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey of Hope See more »

Filming Locations:

Kahramanmaras, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$261,718
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Switzerland's official submission to the 1991's Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

Quotes

[To the Swiss truck driver]
Haydar Sener: I would have liked to become your friend.
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Without a hint of schmaltz
21 March 2006 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"Journey of Hope" (Turkish, 1991): A strong, clear, direct, honest, and sad film, without a hint of schmaltz. Join a contemporary Kurd family trying to leave Turkey for the perceived "paradise" of Switzerland (based on a postcard they get from a family member). Their journey is not spectacular, it is common, and in its commonness, we see its power. It is easy to forget you are watching actors that are not actually caught in these circumstances. "Journey of Hope" was given the Academy Award for Best Foreign film – and it was deserved. You'll probably have some things to discuss with your kids after-wards, if you watch it together…and I think you should.


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