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The Road (Yol)

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Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

1982

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Cannes Film Festival

1982

FIPRESCI Prize

Cannes Film Festival

1982

Best Foreign Film

French Syndicate

of Cinema Critics

1983

Best Foreign Film

Golden Globe

1983

Foreign Language Film

of the Year

London Critics Circle

Film Awards 1984

Ten Best Turkish Films

Karlovy Vary

2004

The Road (Yol)

Synopsis

Sharing the Palme d’Or at the 35th Cannes Film Festival with Costa Gavras’ Missing, Şerif Gören’s The Road represents Turkish cinema’s greatest success on the international festival circuit. It is a masterpiece, shocking and disturbing. There is no doubt that Yılmaz Güney, as screenwriter, was central to the process of The Road becoming renowned and finding its niche in the world film history books. The events that the Gören-Güney duo experienced, and the difficulties of shooting the film in the post-12 September 1980 coup d’état, would provide great subject matter for books and documentaries. The Road depicts the story of five friends, convicts in the Imralı Prison, and their experiences during their week-long leave to spend a religious holiday with their families, granted via special permission for good conduct. Seyyit Ali, learning of his wife’s infidelity, has to stain his hands with blood for the sake of traditions … Mehmet Ali is rejected by his beloved wife’s family as he is thought to have left his brother-in-law to die during a robbery… Yusuf is sent back to prison because he loses his leave permit… Mevlüt, who dreams of spending his leave with his fiancée, is thwarted by her pestering family… Ömer falls for one of the village girls, Gülbahar, and is now at a loss what to do… Şerif Gören has transformed a story that would well suit a western or comedy into an immensely moving Turkish-Anatolian epic. The Road is not, in Godard’s definition, a ‘political film; “it’s a politically made film”. The fact that Şerif Gören calmly places postcards of a military coup leader and a famous transsexual singer side by side in a single frame, a stark symbol of the 12th of September, proves this. —Karoly Vary International Film Festival



Directors: Şerif Gören, Yılmaz Güney

Cast: Tarık Akan, Şerif Sezer, Halil Ergün, Meral Orhonsay, Necmettin Çobanoğlu, Semra Uçar, Hikmet Çelik, Sevda Aktolga, Tuncay Akça

Length: 114 minutes

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