Synopsis: Mark and David are best friends, photo journalists going from war to war. In the spring of 1988, they're in Kurdistan, at an isolated mountain clinic, waiting for an offensive. David's had enough - he wants to go home to Dublin to his pregnant wife. He leaves, with Mark promising to follow in a few days. A week or so later, Mark's home after being wounded, but David's not been heard from. Mark's slow recovery and uncharacteristic behavior alarm his girlfriend, Elena, who asks her grandfather, a Spanish psychologist, to come to Dublin to help. Are there things the carefree and detached journalist is bottling up? Is he a casualty of war?
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Director(s): Danis Tanovic
Production: NEM
  1 nomination.
99 min

- Hey, lad.

- Hey.

- Is that me?

- Yeah.

You'd turn up late

for your own funeral, wouldn't ya?

Couldn't find my passport.

Better late tonight than tomorrow.

- Good to see you, man.

- Where's the girls?

In the toilet.

You packed? You all set?

Yeah. You nervous?

- No.

- Good.

- To Kurdistan.

- To Kurdistan. Slainte.

Hey, love.

How are you?

- You packed? Yeah?

- Ready to go.

How's it going?

- Any action?

- God, I hope not.

Running out of time.

- Seat's in the corner. Let's get it.

- Yeah.

Yeah, yeah.

How are you?

It's not my fault.

I'm not pointing a finger.

So, quiet tonight?

Yeah. Think so.

- Think it's sad.

- Sad?

- Yeah, you're going.

- Geez, the guilt.

Ladle it on.


we've decided some names.

- Yeah?

- Mm-hmm.

If it's a girl, she'll be Morna.

- Morna.

- It means "beloved."

- It's nice.

- Yeah.

And if it's a boy?

Well, it was a tough one,

but we finally agreed on Mark.

- You're joking.

- Nope.

- Really?

- Yeah, really.

Curse the child!


- Yeah.

- Wow, thank you.

Thank you.

[Speaking Kurdish]

[Speaking Kurdish]

[Indistinct shouting]

You all right?


All right, come on.

- Dr. Talzani.

- Mr. Walsh.

- How are you?

- Busy. Go.



- The smell?

- Yeah.

I thought you guys

are used to this kind of thing.

How can anyone get used to this?

Well, considering we have

no ventilation, no running water,

and no medicine,

I'd say we are doing pretty good.

Dr. Talzani, this is my friend David.

Nice to meet you.

- All right, you know the rules.

- No flash.

Keep out of your way.

[Speaking Kurdish]

- What happened to you?

- Just needed some fresh air.

- Feeling better now?

- Yeah.

All right. You do look like shit.

I think you're getting too old

for this gig.

Now, that's funny.

I'm going home, Mark.

Yeah, me too. Soon.

I want to go now.


I've had enough.

And Diane's due in two weeks.

If I'm not back in time...

I know.

What about the offensive?

What about it?

Well, it looks like

they're finally gonna go.

They've been saying that

ever since we got here.

These people have been launching

offensives for, what, two centuries?

Two centuries from now,

they'll still be launching them.

We miss this one,

we catch the next.

That simple, huh?

Ah, shite, here we go.

Blue tags.

- You all right for this?

- Mm, yep.

All right.

Let's go get some shots.

Come on.

Do you have an extra cigarette?

Beautiful, isn't it?

This place is beautiful.

You know...

In my lifetime alone,

we had eight wars.

Two with the Turks,

three with Iranians,

and three with Iraqis.

And if I go back

to when my father was alive,

or my father's father,

each time we've been beaten.

That's what we Kurds do best,

get beaten.

So why do you stay?

Where am I to go, Mr. Walsh?

They talk of free will,

but we are all just homing pigeons

in the end.

You should leave soon,

you and your friend.

The offensive starts in two days,

and when it happens,

it will be very hard to leave.

Well, we don't want to leave.

That's why we're here, Doctor.

Can you get us a place on board?

Do you ever stop?

I must go.

I'll see if I can do something.

Thank you.

There's an Iraqi outpost there,

and the only way to re-supply it

is by convoy through this valley.

So they'll be sitting ducks

for an ambush.

Talzani found us two places

on the truck.

- Has he?

- Yeah.

So we go along for that,

and then come back here,

jump in a Jeep to the border,

we'll be in Turkey by that night.

- What do you think?

- That's cutting it too close.

How? We'll be home by Tuesday,

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