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Beyond Our Dreams

Beyond Our Dreams

A Feature film by Hiner Saleem

Produced by Les Films du Rivage

Release in France : 08/03/2000


    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 ?

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films du Rivage

    French distribution :

    mk2 films

    Co-production :

    Angel Films

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    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 (14)

    Executive Producer :

    Marc Ruscart

    Sound recordists :

    Frédéric Ullman, Philippe Lecocq

    Director of Photography :

    Andréas Sinanos

    Production Manager :

    Ludovic Henry

    Editor :

    Monique Prim

    Assistant editor :

    Élodie Mittet

    Costume designer :

    Anne Livolsi

    Assistant director :

    Christine Marrou

    Screenwriter :

    Hiner Saleem

    Sound Assistant :

    Franck Cartaut

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Monica Donati

    Sound Editor :

    Raphaël Sohier

    Music Composer :

    Nikos Kypourgos

    Sound Mixer :

    Fabrice Conesa Alcolea

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Armenia, Italy

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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