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5th London Kurdish
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My Marlon and Brando (Gitmek) is at New York Tribeca Film Festival

KurdishCinema.com - 28 April  2008

Turkish director Huseyin Karabey's
latest film "My Marlon and Brando"
(Gitmek) is being premiered in Nort
America. The film will be five times
screened at New York Tribeca Film
Festival in World Narrative Competition

Written and directed by director Karabey
"My Marlon and Brando" is a
co-production of Turkey, Netherlands
and  UK and the film tells the love story
between a Kurdish man from Iraqi Kurdistan and a Turkish woman living in Istanbul.

They fell in love on a film set—but she’s a Turk living in Istanbul and he’s a Kurd living in Iraq,
which US forces have just invaded. The lovers play themselves in this captivating, heartbreaking
film, based on their own true story. The film is shot in English, Kurdish, Turkish with English

Screening times

The screenings date and time of "My Marlon and Brondo" at the Tribeca Film Festival is below:

My Marlon and Brando (World Narrative Feature Competition)
2008, 92 min
Preceded by: 7 Cities
Interests: Based on a True Story, Drama, Middle Eastern, Women

Fri, Apr 25, 6:15PM         AMC Village VII Theater 6             

Sat, Apr 26, 5:15PM         AMC Village VII Theater 7               

Tue, Apr 29, 5:00PM        Village East Cinema 7               

Thu, May 01, 7:45PM        Village East Cinema 2             

Sat, May 03, 11:00AM       AMC Village VII Theater 1             
director, Huseyin Karabey

Turkish-Kurdish love story

My Marlon and Brando (Gitmek) is a dramatic road movie based on a true story about a young
theatre actress from Istanbul who wants to go to her lover. The problem is that he is Kurdish, is
in northern Iraq and the American invasion of Iraq makes communication even more difficult.

With the original video letters

Ayça is a Turkish actress and she lives in Istanbul. On a film set in the West of
Turkey, she meets Hama Ali, a Kurdish actor. The two fall in love while shooting a film. After the
shoot, Ayça returns to Istanbul and Hama has to go back to his home, Süleymaniye in northern
Iraq . Ayça and Hama continue their relationship on the telephone and via letters, while America
prepares to attack Iraq. The post often doesn't work and the phone lines in Iraq are usually cut
off. From time to time, Ayça receives a declaration of love from her lover on video. Ayça can no
longer bear the distance between them and decides to travel to northern Iraq. But getting into a
country at war turns out to be just as difficult as getting out.

The protagonists in the film are not actors who would quickly be cast for an average love story.
My Marlon and Brando is a real story with and about real people. Ayça and Hama Ali are actors
in their everyday lives, here they play themselves. In this way the film creates a tense balance
between documentary and fiction. The love letters and video letters in the film are real, but Ayça
is acting her own life. Result: a powerful and penetrating road movie in which a committed film
maker approaches the world through a personal story.