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Journey to the Sun (1999)

Günese Yolculuk (original title)
Mehmet, a young Turkish man newly migrated from the village Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul. Due to a strange set of events, he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Yesim Ustaoglu

Writer:

Yesim Ustaoglu
20 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Nazmi Kirik Nazmi Kirik ... Berzan (as Nazmi Qirix)
Newroz Baz Newroz Baz ... Mehmet
Mizgin Kapazan Mizgin Kapazan ... Arzu
Ara Güler Ara Güler ... Süleyman Bey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nigar Aktas Nigar Aktas
Hilmi Erdem Hilmi Erdem
Lucia Marano ... Sexy girl
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Mehmet, a young Turkish man newly migrated from the village Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul. Due to a strange set of events, he is mistaken for a Kurd, imprisoned, and brutally beaten. Upon his release a week later, he becomes an outcast marked as a Kurd, losing his apartment, his job, and eventually his girl friend, Arzu. When a Kurdish friend, Berzan is killed in a street protest triggered by a hunger strike, Mehmet takes a trek to return the body to Berzan's home village near the Iraqi border, and learns why so many Kurds are refugees. Written by Maple-2

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Really good "road movie"
10 April 2000 | by serdaradresSee all my reviews

This movie starts in Istanbul and ends near Northern Iraq. In between, a young Turkish man traverses more than 1,000 KMs, first driving a stolen pickup truck, then riding on a minibus and a train. All along, he is dragging a wooden coffin holding the dead body of a friend.

The early setup in Istanbul develops along the protagonist's relations with a young woman and with a political refugee from the Kurdish southeast who later ends up in the coffin. A story of innocent love is presented between the hero and his girlfriend. As he ends up being tossed across the political and ethnic fault lines in the social mix of Istanbul, she is one of the very few people who choose to stand by him.

I found the story very realistic without being glib about the social life and the political issues it brings to the screen.


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Country:

Turkey | Netherlands | Germany

Language:

Turkish | Kurdish | Dutch

Release Date:

9 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey to the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,391, 11 February 2001

Gross USA:

$4,391
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