Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 7 pm
Length: 1 hour 37m
In Kurdish with English subtitles
From acclaimed director Bahman Ghobadi comes the first film shot in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussain. “Heart-wrenching as well as spirit raising” (The Hollywood Reporter), Turtles can fly mixes humor and tragedy to startling effect, resulting in a “very timely masterpiece” (TV Guide) about children struggling to survive an endless war zone.
On the Iraqi-Turkish border, enterprising 13 year old “Satelite” (Soran Ebrahim) is the de facto leader of a Kurdish village, thanks to his ability to install satellite dishes and translate news of the pending US invasion. Organizing fellow orphans into landmine collection teams so that they can make a living, he is all business until the arrival of a clairvoyant boy and his quiet, beautiful sister.
Other reviews: “Belongs on movie lovers must-see list” (New York Post)
“Excellent. Rarely does a film feel this urgent” (Indiewire)
“Astonishing Performances” (The Guardian)
“Extraordinarily moving” (Boxoffice)
“Heartbreaking” (The New York Times)
- Glass Bear, Best Feature Film and Peace Film Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 2005.
- Golden Seashell, Best Film, San Sebastián International Film Festival, 2004.
- Special Jury Award, Chicago International Film Festival, 2004.
- International Jury and Audience Awards, São Paulo International Film Festival, 2004.
- La Pieza Award, Best Film, Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival, 2005.
- Audience Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2005.
- Golden Prometheus, Best Film, Tbilisi International Film Festival, 2005.
- Aurora Award, Tromsø International Film Festival, 2005.
- Golden Butterfly, Isfahan International Festival of Films for Children, 2004.