My Sweet Pepper Land

My Sweet Pepper Land
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My Sweet Pepper Land
France, 2013, 86 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Iraq, Germany
Topics: Comedy, Middle East, Western
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Kurdish English Sub-Titles

Awards: CIFF: Golden Hugo (top prize)

After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Baran, a Kurdish war hero, accepts a position as police chief in a lawless village in Iraqi Kurdistan at the borders of Iran and Turkey, a nexus for illegal trafficking. Although he had hoped to spend some time with his family after the war, his mother’s insistent matchmaking drives him to accept the new job.

Once in office, Baran refuses to follow the wishes of Aziz Aga, a corrupt tribal chief and ancestral master of the valley. Along with Govend, a beautiful and brave young woman who has come to work as the teacher in a newly-opened school, he challenges Aziz Aga’s power. Directing with humor and imagination, director Hiner Saleem appropriates the conventions of the western in quirky and delightful ways. The locations and cinematography impress and the music track is a hoot.

“A delightful, poker-faced takeoff on the cowboy movie.”
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Winner: Best Film, Chicago Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Hiner Saleem
Producer: Benny Drechsel, Robert Guédiguian, Karsten Stöter, Marc Bordure,Arnaud Bertrand, Dominique Boutonnat
Editor: Sophie Reine, Clémence Samson, Juliette Haubois
Screenwriter: Hiner Saleem, Antoine Lacombiez
Cinematographer: Pascal Auffray
Music: Golshifteh Farahani
Principal Cast: Korkmaz Arslan, Golshifteh Farahani, Suat Usta, Mir Murad Bedirxan, Feyyaz Duman, Tarik Akreyi
Filmography: Si tu meurs, je te tue (2011)
Apres la Chute (2009)
Dol (2007)
Kilometre zero (2005)
Vodka Lemon (2003)

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