Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Turtles Can Fly

Hollywood Movie: Turtles Can Fly

Hollywood Film: Turtles Can Fly, directed and produced by Bahman Ghobadi starring Olivier Gourmet, Soran Ebrahim and others.

Turtles Can Fly Synopsis: A Kurdish refugee camp on the Iraqi-Turkish border, on the eve of the US invasion of Iraq. Thirteen-year-old Satellite (Soran Ebrahim) is known for his ability to install dishes and antennae for local villages desperate for news of Saddam Hussein and for his limited knowledge of English. He is the dynamic, but manipulative leader of a community almost entirely populated by lost or orphaned children, and organises dangerous but necessary clearing of the minefields.

The industrious Satellite trades in unexploded mines. He meets an orphaned girl, Agrin (Avaz Latif) who is travelling a toddler, and Agrins disabled, spirited brother Henkov (Hiresh Faysal Rahman), who appears to have the gift of clairvoyance. Satellite quickly falls for the prickly, beautiful Agrin and develops a grudging respect for Henkov, who indeed does seem to have the power of second sight. As events come to a climax - as the source of Agrin's simmering grief and rage becomes clear, as Henkov's visions come to pass, as the mines continue to do their random dirty work, and as U.S. helicopters come storming overhead Satellite's world becomes a microcosm for the experience of refugees everywhere.

A warm, honest and passionate look at the casualties of war and international policies, this film won a host of international awards, including the Golden Seashell for Best Film at the San Sebastin Film Festival in 2004 and the Crystal Bear and Peace Film awards at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005.

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