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I Saw the Sun (2009)

Günesi Gördüm (original title)
In the southeast region of Turkey, the Altun family lives in a small mountainside village plagued by a 25-year war, making their daily life a hellish struggle. As the war continues to ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mahsun Kirmizigül ... Ramo
Demet Evgar ... Havar
Murat Ünalmis ... Mamo
Cemal Toktas ... Kadri
Erol Demiröz ... Haydar
Altan Erkekli ... Davut
Emre Kinay ... Musto
Menderes Samancilar ... Cuma
Serif Sezer ... Gülistan
Ceyhun Fersoy ... Service Elemani
Ali Sürmeli ... Nedim
Yigit Özsener ... Lieutenant Caner
Cansu Aktay ... Delal
Sarp Apak ... Soldier Ahmet
Zabit Arslan Zabit Arslan ... Ekrem
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Storyline

In the southeast region of Turkey, the Altun family lives in a small mountainside village plagued by a 25-year war, making their daily life a hellish struggle. As the war continues to intensify, the family is forced to migrate west to the city of Istanbul. While Haydar and Isa Altun decide to stay in Turkey with their young children, Davut Altun and his family migrate north to Norway, enlisting the help of smugglers. They eventually reach their destination and find work in a supermarket, but life as refugees proves relentless. Back in Istanbul, Haydar watches over the family as his wife undergoes an operation due to pregnancy complications. Their son makes friends with a group of transvestites, helping him to understand why he has felt different all of his life. While liberating, his newfound identity is seen as a disgrace to the rest of his family, leading him to flee from the abuse it produces. Written by Robert Mankin IV

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Children here don't shape their own destiny.

Genres:

Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Turkey

Language:

Turkish | Norwegian | Kurdish

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

I Saw the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,477,630
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Boyut Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Turkey's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

Goofs

At the starting scene you can see 2 attack helicopters those are Mil Mi-24 helicopters (Russian made) and Turkey doesn't have helicopters like this ones. See more »

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You Owe Me
Lyrics and Music by Raga Oktay
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An ordinary and boring movie with one good message
5 October 2009 | by bilinmeyenoseySee all my reviews

About the movie: One of the messages of the movie which is the problem of Turks and Kurds is very useful and must be emphasized. Turks and Kurds are brothers and of the same team. Another message, which is the homosexuality doesn't have anything to do with the movie's general outline and I still can't understand, why it is there. Most probably in order to gain the Western audience's admiration. The funny part is about Norway. I don't know if the Norwegians somehow paid for the movie but there couldn't be any better propaganda for the country. I also live in Europe and we all know that Norway is not paradise and has other (maybe not financial or material issues but definitely social and pertaining to the Norwegian behaviour to foreigners) problems.

About its Oscar-candidacy: Well the West does like topics like homosexuality, political instabilities in a non-Western country (Oscar is quite political sometimes) and especially the well-known sun-symbolism. I don't know if Mahsun Kirmizigul also became part of the so-called Hollywood-initiation, but it can hardly be a coincidence that the sun is so emphasized in the movie. I don't really believe that it is going to get the prize.


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