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Beyond Our Dreams

A Feature film by Hiner Saleem

Produced by Films du Rivage (Les)

Release in France : 08/03/2000

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Actors (5)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Films du Rivage (Les)

Film exports/foreign sales :

Diaphana Films

Co-production :

Angel Films

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Dolovan and Zara want nothing more than to escape their native Kurdistan and make a life for themselves in Paris, far from the violence and oppression they have grown up with. But Zara's money, and Dolovan's dreams are not enough. They must wait in the Winter Palace, an urban refuge for those awaiting secure passage to the West. When they finally make it to the train that will get them to the boat for Italy, they are pried apart by circumstances and one of their Winter Palace Acquaintances. Upon reaching Italy, Dolovan must labor for a deceitful Venitian traficker in order to get his loved one to safety. But from empty promises to broken dreams, will he and Zara find the strength to beat life's cruel odds or will their budding love be yet another wasted struggle ?


Hiner’s adventure began the day he was born. Mine began the day I walked into a Kurdish restaurant. That’s when I understood the difference between a European Jew full of hopes and plans. and a Kurd robbed of all hope. At first, I imagined being asked, “Why did you make this movie?” and I’d answer, “It was obvious there’d be various claims over a film written and directed by a Kurd, shot in Armenia, with a Jewish actor.” But now I’d answer that it’s a love story which allows you to dream, travel, cry, and laugh all at once – something I couldn’t pass up.”

Olivier Sitruk, actor

Full credits (9)

Executive Producer :

Marc Ruscart

Director of Photography :

Andréas Sinanos

Production Manager :

Ludovic Henry

Editor :

Monique Prim

Costume designer :

Anne Livolsi

Screenwriter :

Hiner Saleem

Sound recordists :

Frédéric Ullman, Philippe Lecocq

Press Attaché (film) :

Monica Donati

Music Composer :

Nikos Kipourgos

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Feature film

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1 h 40 min

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