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My Sweet Pepper Land (2013)

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Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, is now sheriff in Erbil, the capital city. No longer feeling useful in this society now at peace, he thinks about quitting the police force, but ... See full summary »

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Hiner Saleem

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Hiner Saleem (scenario & dialogue), Antoine Lacomblez (collaboration)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Korkmaz Arslan ... Baran
Golshifteh Farahani ... Govend
Suat Usta Suat Usta ... Reber
Mir Murad Bedirxan ... Tajdin
Feyyaz Duman ... Jaffar Mohammed Emin
Tarik Akreyî Tarik Akreyî ... Aziz Aga
Véronique Wüthrich Véronique Wüthrich ... Nîroj
Mizgin Gemo Mizgin Gemo ... Zirek
Kamiran Betasi Kamiran Betasi ... The Judge
Adil Abdolrahman Adil Abdolrahman ... The Commisionner (as Adil Abdulrahman)
Bahman Haci Bahman Haci ... Sadu (as Bahman Haji)
Nezar Selami Nezar Selami ... The Commisionner (as Nizar Salami)
Sivan Salim Sivan Salim ... Govend's Father (as Shivan Salim)
Yilmaz Özdil Yilmaz Özdil ... The Hanged Man (as Yilmaz Ozdil)
Hiner Saleem ... The Photographer
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Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, is now sheriff in Erbil, the capital city. No longer feeling useful in this society now at peace, he thinks about quitting the police force, but instead agrees to be stationed in a small valley, at the very borders of Iran, Turkey, and Iraq. It is a lawless territory, right at the heart of illegal drug, medication and alcohol trafficking. Having arrived in the small village, he refuses to bow down to Aga Azzi, the seriously corrupt tribal chief and absolute ruler of the area. Baran meets Govend, the village school teacher, who is also rejected by the villagers. Like Baran, she represents another law, that of the young and autonomous Kurdish state. Govend is all the more vulnerable as she is not a married woman. Written by Anonymous

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A Kurdish western!

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Drama

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Country:

Iraq | France | Germany

Language:

Kurdish | Arabic | Turkish

Release Date:

27 March 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Aga See more »

Filming Locations:

Kurdistan, Iraq See more »

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Budget:

€2,600,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Swiss censorship certificate # 1009.573. See more »

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Quotes

Baran: You're too brave to accept this.
Govend: No one wanted this village. And the children here, they needed education. I like it here. I like the children.
Baran: No one forced you.
Govend: No. I always wanted to study till I was 26. And now, I feel too old for here.
Baran: How old are you?
Govend: 28. But I got one thing. If you're not married at this age, people think there's something wrong with you.
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Soundtracks

La chanson des blés d'or
Lyrics by Camille Soubise and L. Lemaître
Music by Frédéric Doria
(1882)
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Spaghetti in Iraq
13 January 2014 | by HedgehoginPSSee all my reviews

What's the Kurdish word for 'spaghetti?' "My Sweet Pepper Land" is a classic Spaghetti Western set in a remote corner of Iraqi Kurdistan. Upright stalwart hero, distressed damsel, band of lawless ruffians to be dispatched, and, as an interesting twist, a group of well armed feminist freedom fighters who don't like anybody very much. It's a culturally interesting story, flawed by several gratuitous episodes of cruelty to animals being passed off as entertainment-- kind of wrecked the film for us. The high point was the female lead, Golshifteh Farhani (as Govend) playing a melodious Kurdish-6 pan drum. Along with the other music, that made for a much better than average soundtrack.

Although classed as a Comedy (it has its moments) at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival, it isn't.


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