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Turkey, 2013, FULL HD - Color - 116 M?N

DIRECTED BY:
FAYSAL SOYSAL

CAST:
KRISTINA KREPELA, NIK XHELILAJ, TURGAY AYDIN, ALMA TERZIC, FAKETA SALIHBEGOVIC, RIZA AKIN

SCREENPLAY:
FAYSAL SOYSAL

PHOTOGRAPHY:
SAHIN SISIC

EDITING:
FARSHAD NEKOOMANESH, FAYSAL SOYSAL

MUSIC:
KAYHAN KALHOR

SOUND:
BURAK TOPALAKÇI, MOHSEN ROSHAN

PRODUCER:
FAYSAL SOYSAL

PRODUCTION:
BALKON FILM

WORLD SALES:
BALKON FILM

STORY DESCRIPTION:

When they were kids, Bunyamin and his brother Yusuf fall in love with the same girl – Zeliha – and a childish game leads to Zeliha’s death.
Bunyamin can never forgive himself and face up to his brother, instead; he keeps running away from home with excuses. After his graduation, he drifts to Bosnia to help with the discovery of dead bodies from the mass graves. The emotional pressure of his job brings his past back to him in his dreams, instead of being himself in his dreams; he turns into his brother Yusuf who struggles to find his true love Zuleyha. Zrinka is a Serbian-Bosnian psychologist helps people with post-war suicide syndrome. They meet on the Mostar Bridge while she considers committing suicide. Mysterious nature of Bunyamin attracts her. Zrinka tries to help him to be released from his qualms of conscience, but despite of all her efforts, Bunyamin doesn’t share the terrific childhood incident with her. After completing his job in the ICMP, (International Commission on Missing Persons), he returns to Turkey to face his brother to deserve Zrinka’s love. While waiting for his return patiently, one day, Zrinka sees that something bad happens to him in her dream. She follows her instincts and begins a journey through Turkey to help him and find an answer to her love. In Hasankeyf, instead of what she expects, she finds another truth and the true love. This isn’t a straight-forward love story; it’s a tale of love, death and the healing of three lost hearts. It is pure reality drenched in dreams.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Faysal Sosyal was born in Batman in 1979. He left medical school to focus on poetry and cinema in 2000. Between 2003 and 2007, he finished his Masters Degrees on “Film Directing” in Tehran Art University-Iran and at the same time “New Turkish Literature” at Van Yuzuncuyil Universities-Turkey. He did 4 short films in Iran those which were awarded at international film festivals. With his 35mm short film ‘Dreams of Lost Time, he’s become closer to find his own cinematographic expression and language.
In 2008, with a scholarship, he attended to the New York Film Academy. Faysal directed 4 short films; three of them were shot in 16mm. In 2002, he published his first poem book ‘Duse Yagmalanan Hayal Kuyusu’. He then published his latest poem book ‘Bir Olunun Defteri’ in 2011. Faysal also translated poems from Sohrab Sepehri and F.G.Lorca in his book ‘Akdenizdeki Col’ and Babek Ahmedi’s, one of the best books on Tarkovsky ‘The Re-found Hope’ in to Turkish.

He finished filming his first feature film ‘Crossroads’ in 2012, Turkey and Bosnia &Herzegovina. He has been working on the projects since 2009. His articles on cinema and poetry have still been published in different magazines. At the same time, he volunteers for Doctors Worldwide Foundation and organizes film workshops at Bilim Sanat Vakf? and gives lectures on poetic cinema.

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