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Kurdish Lover

Start: 21 May 2011 7:45 pm

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema

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21 May 2011 7:45 pm
Venue:
Birkbeck Cinema
Address:
43 Gordon Square, London, United Kingdom, WC1H 0PD

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Kurdish Lover

UK Premiere
Clarisse Hahn | | 98 mins

"The Kurdish lover is Oktay, a man of Kurdish origin with whom I share my life. We have been drifting through a devastated region brought to a standstill by war and economic misery. How do people manage to co-exist in this place? This is the question posed by the film. Here we live in close proximity to one another, in a tightly woven network of geographical and social ties. Loving someone can become confused with having a hold over them. It is with an often black humour that the characters featured in this film find ways, within their community, to affirm that they truly exist.

A shaman goes into trance in front of the television, sex-starved hermit dreams of marriage, a ewe is sacrificed and eaten, an old woman prevents her daughter-in-law from learning to read, a shepherdess lives at the top of the mountain and would like to return to the valley, the military watch over the village, a man who came from Europe goes off to request the hand in marriage of a young girl living with her mother.

It is through these situations that we discover the reality of families doing what they can to find a way of living together, to take the best – or the worst – from each moment.“ - the director
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