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Kurdish Lover

Kurdish Lover

A Feature film by Clarisse Hahn

Produced by Les Films du Présent

Release in France : 12/09/2012


    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."

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films du Présent

    Foreign production company :

    Avanton Productions

    Co-production :

    24 Images

    French distribution :

    Nour Films

    Photos (7)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Patrice Nezan

    Screenwriter :

    Clarisse Hahn

    Director of photography :

    Clarisse Hahn

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Claire Viroulaud

    Sound Editor :

    Janne Laine

    Assistant Director :

    Oktay Sengul

    Co-producer :

    Farid Rezkallah

    Sound recordists :

    Clarisse Hahn, Catherine Rascon

    Editor :

    Catherine Rascon

    Sound Mixer :

    Janne Laine

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Kurdish, French, English, German, Turkish

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    Majority French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 38 min

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