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Turtles Can Fly (2004)

Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, War | 23 February 2005 (France)
Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.

Director:

Bahman Ghobadi

Writer:

Bahman Ghobadi
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Cast

Cast overview:
Soran Ebrahim Soran Ebrahim ... Satellite
Avaz Latif Avaz Latif ... Agrin
Saddam Hossein Feysal Saddam Hossein Feysal ... Pashow
Hiresh Feysal Rahman Hiresh Feysal Rahman ... Hengov
Abdol Rahman Karim Abdol Rahman Karim ... Riga
Ajil Zibari Ajil Zibari ... Shirkooh
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Storyline

On the Kurdish refugee camp on the Iraqi-Turkish border, the boy Satellite is the leader of the kids. He commands them to clear and collect American undetonated minefields in the fields to sell them in the street market and he installs antennae for the villagers. He goes with the local leader to buy a parabolic antenna to learn the news about the eminent American invasion but nobody speaks English and Satellite that knows a couple of words is assigned to translate the Fox News. When the orphans Agrin and her armless brother Hengov and the blind toddler Riga come from Halabcheh to the camp, Satellite falls in an unrequited love for Egrin. But the girl is traumatized by a cruel raid in her home, when her parents were murdered and she was raped. She wants to leave Riga behind and travel with her brother Hengov to another place, but he does not agree with her intention. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and mature thematic material, all involving children | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Red Fish, which appear commonly throughout the film, are one of the seven symbols of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, and symbolize life within life. Ironically, Nowruz is on March 20, the day the United States staged the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, during which the film takes place. See more »

Quotes

Agrin: teach them math and science!
Satellite: they know math and science. they have to learn how to shoot now!
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Connections

Referenced in Rhino Season (2012) See more »

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Unique characters, Great insight
26 February 2005 | by aleemhossainSee all my reviews

Among the hundred reasons I could list for you to go see this film, the first is the main character Kak "Satellite." He is truly a unique character - the likes of which I've never seen before. It is pretty impressive for a filmmaker to create something new - an on screen person so real, so normal, yet so different than anything we've seen. From the opening moments of the movie you feel you are getting to know a real human being. Satellite and the refugee children whose trust and love he's earned are the stars of this film. I don't think I've ever seen child performers better than some of these kids - if you were blown away by the children in movies like "City of God," this is a another one to look at in terms of performances. Stylistically this film is in a different category - it's a beautifully realistic movie - it's narrative unfolds effortlessly. You never feel you are watching a carefully crafted plot. You feel you are observing events that are happening - and yet it all, in retrospect, is well planned and crafted. The filmmakers and actors deserve much credit for creating a movie with its own touching and realistic voice.


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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran | France | Iraq

Language:

Kurdish | Arabic | English

Release Date:

23 February 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Turtles Can Fly See more »

Filming Locations:

Kurdistan, Iraq See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,326, 20 February 2005

Gross USA:

$258,578

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,075,553
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mij Film Co., Bac Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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