The first feature film from Iraq after Saddam’s downfall, Bahman Ghobadi’s TURTLES CAN FLY is a jewel of world cinema: a story of intense joy & profound tragedy featuring an unforgettable cast of child actors.
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Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Cast: Avaz Latif, Soran Ebrahim, Saddam Hossein Feysal, Hiresh Feysal Rahman, Abdol Rahman Karim, Ajil Zibari
Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: Iraq

MModerate themes, Moderate violence

Turtles Can Fly

★★★★
“Takes us past all the rhetoric of war and brings us firmly down to the ground level. The faces of these kids will stay with you for a long time after this gentle, powerful film is over.”
David Stratton, ABC AT THE MOVIES

★★★★
“Fabulous. Such natural, beautiful performances.”
Margaret Pomeranz, ABC AT THE MOVIES

The first feature film from Iraq after Saddam’s downfall, Bahman Ghobadi’s TURTLES CAN FLY is a masterpiece of profound tragedy, intense joy and breathtaking cinematography.

TURTLES CAN FLY is set in a village on the border between Iran and Turkey, just as the world’s news networks announce the US led invasion of Iraq. The villagers desperately seek a satellite dish antenna to keep informed of the impending attack. No adult is up to the job so it falls to a 13-year-old boy called “Satellite” and his underage army to find the treasured antenna. There are plenty of laughs from these delightfully scrappy kids as they barter with American soldiers for the best price on old landmines.

Arriving suddenly from a neighbouring village is a clairvoyant boy called Henkov. The war is getting closer and closer and Henkov has a strong sense of foreboding about what is going to happen…

Turtles Can Fly

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