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Synopsis

The film follows the stories of Lena and Meryem, as they escape from the ongoing war in Syria. Lena is a ten-year-old girl who has lost her family in the war. As a result, she is forced to flee her home country and together with her younger sister and her neighbour Meryem seeks refuge in Turkey. Lena wishes for nothing more than the chance to return home, whilst Meryem aspires to reach Europe and start a new life. Upon their arrival in Istanbul and throughout their journey both are constantly tested as they are forsaken by the only people that can help them. But their efforts are not all in vain, as their odyssey ends with both protagonists learning about what it means to love and to take care of one another. With this film, Turkish director Andaç Haznedaroğlu wants to make it clear that anyone might have to undergo such a “journey”, emphasising the question “What would you do if war broke out in your country overnight?” Seeing the obstacles that Meryem and Lena have to overcome and their transformation into the heroines of their own story paves the way for the viewers to better understand not only the feelings, but also the challenges that Syrian refugees must face on a daily basis.  

Guests

Andaç Haznedaroğlu

Andaç Haznedaroğlu

Director, Producer and Screenwriter The Guest: Aleppo - Istanbul
In Vienna: April 14-16

Saba Mubarak

Saba Mubarak

Actress and Producer The Guest: Aleppo - Istanbul
In Vienna: April 13-17

Moderator

Christin Amy Artner

Christin Amy Artner

Moderator film program

Agnes Bukowiecka

Agnes Bukowiecka

Moderator film program

Teresa Bönisch

Teresa Bönisch

Moderator film program

Ivanka Brekalo

Ivanka Brekalo

Moderator film program
Narrator Mistery of Green Hill

The Guest: Aleppo – Istanbul

Original Title

Misafir

Director

Andaç Haznedaroğlu

Script

Andaç Haznedaroğlu

Actors

Saba Mubarak, Rawan Iskeif, Homam Hout

Genre

Feature film

Category

Family & School Cinema

Country

Turkey

Year

2017

Language

Arabic, Turkish with Germ. sub. (15.04. with Engl. sub.)

Running time

88 min.

Distribution/Contact

Andaç Film, ID Productions

Dates

Saturday 14.04.

15:30 Urania Kino

Sunday 15.04.

14:00 Village Cinema 5

Monday 16.04.

09:00 Village Cinema 5

Monday 16.04.

11:00 Village Cinema 5