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Director: Hiner Saleem

Starring: Korkmaz Arslan, Golshifteh Farahani, Suat Usta

Genre: Drama

Duration: 95 mins

The latest work from legend of Kurdish cinema, Hiner Saleem. It’s 2003 and the fall of Saddam opens up the possibility of a Kurdish homeland. In the peacetime Kurdish capital of Erbil, Baran (a former war hero) finds himself at odds with his job as police chief. Looking to do good, he accepts a post as police chief in a small, lawless town embroiled in the illegal drug and alcohol trade. This brings him into conflict with the local tribal chief, and into the arms of the defiantly independent school teacher, Govend (played by exiled Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani – the role is akin to aspects of her real life). Unmarried, unwavering and unwelcome, she too is a target. With a smile-inducing soundtrack, this is a modern Western full of self-mockery, handsome landscapes and dry wit.

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