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GÜNEŞE YOLCULUK / Journey to the Sun

GÜNEŞE YOLCULUK / Journey to the Sun

Mehmet, a recent arrival to the teeming city, is fortunate. He has a shared room, a possible girlfriend, and a neat job as a diviner for Istanbul’s municipal water system. He meets Berzan, a street music vendor familiar with the metropolis, and his moral education begins. Berzan is a Kurd, harassed by the authorities, and Mehmet’s friendship with him combined with his own “dark skin” puts Mehmet at extreme risk. Yeşim Ustaoğlu, an architect turned filmmaker, takes her characters on a journey east out of Istanbul into a ravishing and war-ravaged landscape close to the Iraqi border. Hotly debated when first released in Turkey, Journey to the Sun may be a story of sanctioned persecution, but it is also the chronicle of a remarkable friendship as well as a pilgrimage into the unknown. (Film Society of Lincoln Center) Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s sophomore feature Journey to the Sun received the Blue Angel Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1999.

YEŞIM USTAOĞLU, born in 1960, is an award-winning director from Çaykara, Turkey. She directed several shorts before making her feature film debut with The Trace in 1994. She received international recognition for her 1999 film Journey to the Sun, winning several international awards. // Films (selection): İz (The Trace, 1994), Güneşe Yolculuk (Journey to the Sun, 1999), Bulutlari Beklerken (Waiting for the Clouds, 2004), Pandora’nin Kutusu (Pandora’s Box, 2008; CE’09), Araf (Araf – Somewhere in Between, 2012; CE’13), Tereddüt (Clair Obscur, 2016)

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Turkey / Germany / The Netherlands 1999
35 mm / color
104 minutes
OmeU / OV with engl. subtitles

Reyhan Yılmaz
Nicolas Gaster
Svetolik Mica Zajs, Christian Gotz, Frederic Helm, Bruno Tarriére
Vlatko Stefanovski
Nevruz Baz, Nazmi Kırık, Mizgin Kapazan, Ara Güler, Berceste Akgün, Kazım Ekinci, Nigar Aktar Şirvan
Behrooz Hashemian (Silkroad Production, FR), İstisnai Filmler ve Reklamlar (TR), Medias Res Berlin Film- und Fernsehproduktion (DE), Filmcompany Amsterdam (NL)



Silkroad Production
8 rue Myrha
75018 Paris, France
World Sales

Ustaoğlu Film
Gazeteci Erol Dernek Sokak,
Yeni Melek Han 17/8, Beyoğlu
34433 Istanbul, Turkey

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 1999