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I Saw the Sun (2009)

Günesi Gördüm (original title)
In the southeast region of Turkey, the Altun family lives in a small mountainside village plagued by a 25-year war, making their daily life a hellish struggle. As the war continues to ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mahsun Kirmizigül ... Ramo
Demet Evgar ... Havar
Murat Ünalmis ... Mamo
Cemal Toktas ... Kadri
Erol Demiröz ... Haydar
Altan Erkekli ... Davut
Emre Kinay ... Musto
Menderes Samancilar ... Cuma
Serif Sezer ... Gülistan
Ceyhun Fersoy ... Service Elemani
Ali Sürmeli ... Nedim
Yigit Özsener ... Lieutenant Caner
Cansu Aktay ... Delal
Sarp Apak ... Soldier Ahmet
Zabit Arslan Zabit Arslan ... Ekrem


In the southeast region of Turkey, the Altun family lives in a small mountainside village plagued by a 25-year war, making their daily life a hellish struggle. As the war continues to intensify, the family is forced to migrate west to the city of Istanbul. While Haydar and Isa Altun decide to stay in Turkey with their young children, Davut Altun and his family migrate north to Norway, enlisting the help of smugglers. They eventually reach their destination and find work in a supermarket, but life as refugees proves relentless. Back in Istanbul, Haydar watches over the family as his wife undergoes an operation due to pregnancy complications. Their son makes friends with a group of transvestites, helping him to understand why he has felt different all of his life. While liberating, his newfound identity is seen as a disgrace to the rest of his family, leading him to flee from the abuse it produces. Written by Robert Mankin IV

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Children here don't shape their own destiny.




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Turkey's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. See more »


At the starting scene you can see 2 attack helicopters those are Mil Mi-24 helicopters (Russian made) and Turkey doesn't have helicopters like this ones. See more »


You Owe Me
Lyrics and Music by Raga Oktay
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movie in conformity with standards
22 September 2009 | by m_ra_zraSee all my reviews

How the movie started, you expect a war movie. But it was not more then the reason for the consequences what could occur. Everything what could occur, only just one family suffered very much, at the cost of the trustworthiness. Leaving your homeland concerned all families and all other consequences were forced. Although this is not a political movie stones were thrown to politicians.

The casting was almost the same like in other films where Kurdish people are involved. Sometimes it is boring. In this movie the great actors were under their level. No facial emotions only physical presence. But shouting women were touching.

The name of the movie has been also explained. A minor issue cannot carry the title, it is misleading not because of director's creativity but the story is not set right. Who lives in Turkey knows a lot about this subject. This knowledge will fill in when it is not right. The intention will be understood.

Further, technical things are in conformity with standards.

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Turkish | Norwegian | Kurdish

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

I Saw the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Boyut Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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