BEFORE SNOWFALL

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Status : Completed

Original title : Før snøen faller

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Directed by : Hisham Zaman

Cast : Taher Abdullah Taher, Suzan Ilir, Bahar Özen, Nazmi Kirik, Birol Unel, Muafaq Rushdie

Synopsis

BEFORE SNOWFALL is a road movie that becomes an odyssey from East to West for young Siyar, a village-boy from Iraqi-Kurdistan. His journey begins when his older sister, Nermin, flees her wedding. Siyar's father is dead, and as the eldest son, he is obliged to set out to find his sister and restore his family honour in the local village. In Istanbul, he meets the young girl Evin. They travel together. Their journey through Greece, Germany (Berlin) and Norway makes Siyar's search for his sister a search for dignity and love.

"Before Snowfall's complexity and non-judgmental approach mark Zaman out as a director to watch." "...Powerful."

Amber Wilkinson/EYE ON FILM

Before Snowfall is a complex and superbly-written debut, a coming-of-age tale set against a background of austere cultural tradition. The plot is gripping and takes us on a provocative, multicultural journey, filled with emotional catharsis. But what is most impressive is Zaman’s dramatic restraint and detached approach, enabling him to explore a personal and highly-charged story through nuanced progression, without it ever becoming overwrought.

Rob Dickie/EIFF

"Before Snowfall" is a riveting coming-of-age journey that informs as it rivets with strong balance that few other films achieve. The two lead performances carry the film wondrously in a tale of two lost souls filling the voids of their respective loneliness.

David Salazar/Tribeca FF

Produced by : Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae, Mehmet Aktaş

Year : 2013

Nationality : Norway, Germany

Language : Kurdish

Length : 105 min

Screening : DCP

Awards

  • Göteborg International Film Festival/Sweden (2013): Best Nordic Film Dragon Award
  • Amanda Awards/ Norway (2013): Best Supporting Actress
  • Tribeca Film Festival/USA (2013): Best Cinematography & Narrative Feature

Festivals

  • Göteborg International Film Festival/Sweden (Jan 2013)
  • CPH PIX / Denmark (April 2013)
  • Tribeca Film Festival / USA (April 2013)
  • Edinburgh Int Film Fest / UK (June 2013)
  • Karlovy Vary Film Festival / Czech Rep (July 2013)
  • Warsaw Film Festival / Poland (Oct 2013)
  • Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival / Germany (Oct 2013)
  • Abu Dhabi International Film Festival (New Horizons) / UAE (Oct 2013)

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