Director: Yavar Rzayev
Cast: Nuraddin Mehdikhanly, Vafa Zeynalova, Munavvar Aliyeva, George Gafarov
Azerbaijan; 83’, 2011, color
Azerbaijani with Turkish subtitles
The film tells the survival story of an adolescent shepherd who lives in harsh conditions, and his life is turned upside down with the arrival of a young female artist from the city. İsmail lives in a plateau with his mother, siblings, and his authoritative father. The suffering of the family, who lead a very comfortable life in the summer and spring, begins with the arrival of winter. The family leaves the plateau before the gustily storm arrives, although İsmail is left alone to look after the herd.
Berggren acquires the techniques of photography in Berlin and holds different jobs in various European cities before arriving in İstanbul. Initially en route to Marseille, he disembarks from his ship in 1866 and settles in İstanbul, where he is to spend the rest of his life.
I walk over rocks hot as iron under the September sun. I can make out a few lines in the distance, and a few cracked rocks, but apart from those, not a single tree, not one plant. I have walked until I reached this hill, in the trail of the letter that hurled me once again to my home town...
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