My Sweet Pepper Land

WINNER Gold Hugo (Best Film), Chicago International Film Festival 2013 SPECIAL MENTION Achievement in Directing Hiner Saleem, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013 Nominated Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes Film Festival 2013 Nominated Best Performance by an Actress Golshifteh Farahani, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013

“A superb revisionist western.” Peter Galvin, SBS Film

"John Ford in the Middle East" Int. Cinephile Society

“Kurdish cinema has come into its own...a delightful, poker-faced takeoff on the cowboy movie set on the Iraq-Turkish border.” Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“A luminous performance by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani balances the Wild West humor, adding a note of serious appreciation for the plucky Kurdish women who refuse to bow their heads.” Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“Visuals favour Sergio Leone-style closeups along with stunning landscapes featuring pink-tinged sunsets and ravines like Utah canyons, showcasing Kurdistan’s natural beauties. Music features a smile-inducing mix of tunes ranging from Elvis to Western twangs to rockabilly, tied together by the multitalented Farahani’s own playing on the steel hang.” Jay Weissburg, Variety

Country of Origin: Iraqi Kurdistan/France/Germany Language: Kurdish/Turkish with English subtitles Duration: 95 minutes Rating: M Director: Hiner Saleem Starring: Korkmaz Arslan, Golshifteh Farahani, Suat Usta Australian release: May 22, 2014

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After the fall of Saddam Hussein, Baran (Korkmaz Aslan), a Kurdish independence war hero, resolves to accept a position in a godforsaken village at the borders of Iran and Turkey, an illegal trafficking Mecca. There he meets Govend (Golshifteh Farahani), a beautiful young woman who has come to work as the teacher in the newly opened school despite her twelve brothers' hostility to the idea.

My Sweet Pepper Land features an eclectic soundtrack which ranges from Elvis Presley to Golshifteh Farahani’s skilled performance of the steel hang and a score reminiscent of Ennio Morricone.



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