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by Yilmaz Arslan


Focus on turkish cinema


Director: Yilmaz Arslan

Screenplay: Yilmaz Arslan

Cinematographer: Jürgen Jürges



Music: R. Abou-Khalil

Cast: Yelda Reynaud, Nur Sürer, Halil Ergiin, Füsun Demirel, N. Cobanoglu

Yilmaz Arslan

F. Günaltay

Year: 1998`

Screening: 2000

35 mm, Colour, 98 min, OV with French Subtitles

Hülya a young Turkish girl, torn between two cultures, lives against her will at her uncle's place in Turkey. Hülya runs away from her uncle's house. She wants to return to Germany where she lived with her father and went to school only a short time ago. The tragic heroine Hülya leads us to a magical oriental odyssey through Turkey. On this journey she meets different people who rescue her life, sometimes in the very last minute. She ends up in prison and finally in a psychiatric hospital. In this hospital time and personal needs of the heroine have ceased to exist. All of a sudden Hülya's family appears and even her german girl friend who has organized this meeting in the hospital. Hülya is discharged an can return to Germany. In Germany, however, the heroine's odyssey rapidly proceeds to its end with her final loss of identity.
« I danced with the devil and seduced His wife. My tongue is pending upon my knees - to be totally exact - it is 5 years long. 5 years is the period of time it took me to finalize this project. I did all this for Yara and to witness the respect I have for all people involved in this movie ». Yilmaz Arslan.

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