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Huelya, a young Turkish girl torn between two cultures, lives against her will at her uncle's place in Turkey. Huelya runs away from her uncle's house. She wants to return to Germany where she lived with her father and went to school only a short time ago. The tragic heroine Huelya leads us on a magical oriental odyssey through Turkey. On this journey, she meets different people who save her life, sometimes at the very last minute. She ends up in prison and, finally, in a psychiatric hospital. In this hospital, time and personal needs have ceased to exist. All of a sudden, Huelya's family appears and even her German girl friend who has organized this meeting in the hospital. Huelya is discharged and can return to Germany. In Germany, however, Huelya's odyssey rapidly proceeds to its end with her final loss of identity.

Yilmaz Arslan was born in Kazanli/Turkey in 1968 and emigrated to Germany in 1975. He founded the theater group "Summer-Winter" in 1988. His directorial debut Passages (Langer Gang, 1992) won Best First Film at San Sebastian and received a Silver Rose Prize in Bergamo and a nomination to the German Film Awards in 1993. His other award-winning films include: Yara, which premiered at Venice in 1998, Angst isst Seele auf (short) which also premiered at Venice in 2002, and Fratricide (Brudermord, 2005).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Yilmaz Arslan
Screenplay Yilmaz Arslan
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
André Bendocchi-Alves
Rabih Abou-Khalil
Cast Yelda Reynaud, Nur Suerer, Halil Erguen
Producer Yilmaz Arslan
Production Company Yilmaz Arslan Film/Mannheim, in co-production with WDR, Vega Film/Zurich, Guen Izi, Istanbul
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish, German, Fren
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Venedig 1998, Mar del Plata 1998 (in competition), Hof 1998, Antalya 1998, Berlin 1999 (German Films)

Awards Best Film Antalya 1998
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Eurimages, Hessische Filmfoerderung, T.C.Kueltuerbakanligi (Istanbul)

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