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AL-SHAFAQ – WHEN HEAVEN DIVIDES written & directed by Esen Isik

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Abdullah has lost his son to the “Holy War”. He travels from Switzerland to the Turkish-Syrian border to bury him. There he meets Malik, a Syrian boy without family. This encounter becomes a fateful chance for both of them.

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SWITZERLAND Fiction, 98 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, Swiss-German, Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish CAST: Kida Ramadan, Beren Tuna, Ismail Metin, Ahmed Kour Abdo, Ali Kandas PRODUCTION: maximage, Zurich / SRF PRODUCERS: Brigitte Hofer, Cornelia Seitler

ESEN ISIK * 1969 in Istanbul. Esen Isik has joint Swiss and Turkish citizenship and studied Film at the Zurich University of the Arts. She was honoured several times at the Swiss Film Awards. For her shorts BABAMI HIRSIZLAR CALDI (1999) and YOU&ME (2012), she received the Swiss Film Award for Best Short Film, her first feature KÖPEK (2015), was awarded for Best Fiction Film and Best Actress. It was selected for several international festivals.

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Locarno 2019