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Journey of Hope

6.8
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Original title
Reise der Hoffnung
Year
Running time
110 min.
Country
Switzerland Switzerland
Director
Screenwriter
Xavier Koller, Feride Çiçekoglu
Music
Nana Vasconcelos
Cinematography
Elemér Ragalyi
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Switzerland-Germany-Italy-United Kingdom; Antea Cinematografica / Catpics Coproductions / Channel Four Films
Genre
Drama | Immigration
Synopsis / Plot
In a village in eastern Turkey, tales of the economic success of Turks in Switzerland inspire Haydar to convince his wife Meryem that they must go. He sells their livestock and small plot of land in exchange for passage for two. He wants to leave their seven children in the care of the eldest and his parents; his father advises him to take one son to be educated in Europe, as economic insurance. The three set off for Istanbul, Milan, and Switzerland, stowing away on a ship. At Lake Como, they pay the rest of their money to unprincipled men who abandon them at an Alpine pass before a blizzard. Father and son are separated from Meryem. Will anyone reach the land of promise?
Awards
1990: Academy Award: Best Foreign Language Picture
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