Synopsis: A man struggles after his release from ten years as a political prisoner.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Özcan Alper
  16 wins & 4 nominations.
99 min

Attention! Attention!

Human life is the most precious thing

there is.

If you don't think of yourselves...

...think of the people you love,

your parents, brothers and sisters...

...who worry about you,

who are waiting anxiously for you.

You won't gain anything by sending

your closest friends to their death.

We've planned this intervention

on purely humanitarian grounds.

And we don't want any of you

getting hurt in the course of it.

Don't try to fight us.

If you give yourselves up...

...prisoners who are sick,

injured or on hunger strike...

...will be transferred to hospital


...the others will be transferred to

F-type jails...

...and you'll get to see your families

over the public holiday.

Life is beautiful in spite of everything!

Take a deep breath.

And another one.

Cough for me.

Look at you! Coming barefoot to the

infirmary when you're this sick!

Look, I'll be frank with you.

Your lungs are ruined!

I warned you before the hunger strike.

There's not much I can do for you.

A lot of people better off than you have

filed appeals under article 309.

And most of them have been released.

Passengers for Shana!

Come on! It's leaving right now!

If it'd rained another 15 minutes

there'd have been floods like last time.

- They almost took the bridge away.

- We'd have been ruined.

Lucky it didn't carry on.

Floods here, drought there...

God take care of us!

How many years has it been, Yusuf?

Ten years, Hikmet Amca.

Who is our friend there?

I don't recognise him, srafil.

You don't? It's Yusuf,

the son of old Bekay Cemal.

I still don't recognise him.

Where's he been all this time?

In jail.


Yusuf, is that you?


It's so wonderful to see you!

Is this a dream, son?

Are you well, son?

You've come all that way.

Mom don't cry.

Have you grown or shrunk, son?

I can't decide.

How do I know?

Maybe you've grown in 10 years.

Isn't that normal?

But you haven't grown, son.

You've got so thin.

I didn't want to tell anyone

my troubles, son.

I went and cried in the garden,

cried by the door.

I cried in your room and

stared at the walls.

OK, Mum. Don't tire yourself out.

I can do it.

Lie down and have a rest, son.

I cooked egg.

I've not been able to eat a thing.

Nothing goes down.

I wondered what you got to eat there.

Were you hungry? Thirsty?

Did they give you meat?

What did you eat? I had no idea.

But thank God all the same.

At least he brought you back to me.

You were able to come back.

See? I'm here now, Mum.

Yusuf, there's one thing

I'm curious about.

Do they keep you locked up

in cells all day...

...or are you sometimes

let out in the fresh air?

They usually unlock the cells

during the day.

But once it's evening, they do a roll call

and lock the cells again.

Yusuf, I can't even take a day at home.

How did you take 10 years in one room?

Oh, Nesibe!

How about asking how I managed?

Oh, son!

See what you put me through.

Yusuf, how many people are there

in F-type jails?

As far as I know...

Drop the F-types!

Don't upset the guy on his first day out!

- Find something else to talk about!

- Right. Let's talk about our livelihood.

Will the state pay our tea money?

Or won't it?

Mikahil, the boy's asleep.

Let's make a move.

We must be off.

Drop by at the workshop.

Yes, it really is late.

We should get going too.

At last you've got him back!

We're so happy for you, Glefer Hanm.

Yusuf, it's great to have you back.

Onur, don't play here, son.

You'll wake Yusuf.

He didn't sleep at all last night.

- How are you doing?

- Good.

Didn't you go to school today?

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Özcan Alper

Özcan Alper (born 1975 in Hopa, Artvin, Turkey), is a Turkish film director and screenwriter of Hemshin descent.He studied at Trabzon Lisesi. In 1992, he moved to Istanbul to study at İstanbul Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi in the Physics Department and then moved to İstanbul Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi where he studied History of Sciences and graduated in 2003. Since 1996, he was interested in films and took part in workshops organized by Mezopotamya Kültür Merkezi, the Nâzım Kültürevi culture house (now renamed Nâzım Hikmet Kültür Merkezi). Starting 2000 started assisting in films under the supervision of film director Yeşim Ustaoğlu. After being assistant director in the short Toprak, he filmed Momi as his first short film as main director. He also shot the documentary Tokai City'de Melankoli ve Rapsodi in Japan following it with yet another documentary entitled Bir Bilimadamıyla Zaman Enleminde Yolculuk. In 2008, Alper released his first long feature Sonbahar (Autumn in Turkish) with multiple awards as a newcomer. He followed that with another critically acclaimed film Gelecek Uzun Sürer, English title Future Lasts Forever that has also won important awards. more…

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