Mehmet, a recent arrival seeking better opportunities in the big city, is befriended by Berzan, a Kurd who sells music cassettes from a push cart. Although from Turkey's west coast, Mehmet himself could easily be mistaken for a Kurd due to his darker skin. Mehmet shares his dreams for the future with Arzu, a young woman working in a laundromat, while Berzan longs to return home to his girlfriend in Zorduc, a village near the Iraqi border. One evening during a routine police check on a public bus, Mehmet is unjustly arrested. Released from jail one week later, his life is nevertheless marked. Returning to his dormitory, he finds a red X painted on his door. His frightened roomates evict him and he loses his job.
With the help of Berzan, Mehmet finds a new job and lodging. His feelings for Arzu deepen, but his dreams of the future are plagued by anxiety. How much time before another red X appears on his door? Why should having dark skin add to his problems? In the slums of Istanbul, Mehmet learns more about the harsh realities of life than he wishes to. His loyalty to Berzan eventually compels him to disre-gard an uncompassionate bureaucracy and embark on a journey eastward across the entire country of Turkey a journey to the sun.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Yesim Ustaoglu
Written by: Yesim Ustaoglu
Produced by: Behrooz Hashemian
Cinematography: Jacek Petrycki
Editing: Nicolas Gaster
Production Design: Natali Yeres
Original Score: Vlatko Stefanovski
Main Cast: Newroz Baz, Nazmi Qirix, Mizgin Kapazan, Nigar Aktar
Nominations and Awards
- European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 1999
- EFA Feature Film Selection 1999