Yılmaz Güney made this film from a prison cell. His experiences are embedded within it.
Six prisoners are given leave and the film contemplates the tragedy of distances. When the film was made in 1982 it had to be severely cut for it to be accepted for the main competition at Cannes. Despite this it won the Palme d’Or. Güney’s original intentions can at last be seen in this comprehensive restoration.
“The film’s poetry, its combination of sound and image especially, has an unconscious innocence no longer available to most European and American narratives, and it is inspired by an enormous compassion for the suffering people endure at each other’s hands in a world where the strong pick upon the weak, the weak upon the weaker.” Chris Petit, Time Out Film Guide
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