Before Snowfall

Dir.: Hisham Zaman | Norway, Germany, Iraq 2013 | 105 min

When the young boy Siyar becomes the head of his family in a small Kurdish-Iraqi village at the age of just 16, it is suddenly also his responsibility to marry off his older sister. And when she instead decides to run away from her arranged marriage, it is also expected that Siyar restores the honour of his family, and not least that of her promised husband's powerful clan. The trip first takes the boy to Istanbul, and subsequently through Europe, from Greece to Berlin, and finally to Norway. His route follows the same path that many other refugees take in hope of a new life, but Siyar is blind to the opportunities until he meets Evin, who becomes his companion. The question is whether he can betray the family that is pressing him on in the search for his sister? The Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf was chairman of the jury that gave the Kurdish-Norwegian director Hisham Zaman's debut the main award at the film festival in Gothenburg, where it, in the words of the jury, won because it avoids clichés and easy solutions in its realistic portrayal of the geographic and human journey that Siyar is sent on.

Original Title
Før snøen faller
Title
Before Snowfall
Country
Norway, Germany, Iraq
Release Year
2013
Duration
105 min.
Directors
Hisham Zaman
Producer
Finn Gjerdrum, Svein B. Kvae, Mehmet Aktas
Script
Cast
Taher Abdullah Taher, Suzan Ilir, Bahar Özen, Nazmi Kirik, Ahmed Zirik, Birol Ünel, Billey Demirtas, Mouafaq Rushdie
Camera
Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen
Editor
Sverrir Kristjánsson
Music
David Reyes
Production Company
Paradox Spillefilm, Mîtosfilm
Version
Dialogue: Kurdish English Subtitles
Tempo
6
Thrills
6
Sighs
7
Laughs
2
Look
6
Food for thought
5