My Marlon and Brando
Filmfest 2008

Three years ago in real-life, Hama Ali, an Iraqi actor famous locally for his performance as Iraq’s version of Superman, met Ayca on a film-set. He and Ayca, an actress from Turkey, had a passionate love affair before returning to their respective homes. From his Kurdish village, Hama Ali sends Ayca video love letters which he has filmed on his camcorder. She watches them from her sofa in Istanbul, is introduced to his friends and daily life at home and enjoys the clips he sends of his performing Superman and other comedy roles. In his own eccentric fashion, he also reveals his tender affection towards her. Ayca decides to make the journey eastwards to Iraq to be reunited with her lover. GITMEK is based on the true story of Ayca’s extraordinary journey to the Iraqi border. Ayca and Hama Ali finally succeed in arranging to meet in a remote Iranian village. There she waits in the snowy market square... "A piece of rough magic, a film with a soul as light, a heart as heavy, and a will as steely as its heroine's own." Peter Scarlet, Tribeca Film Festival

tags: Feature film

Cast: Ayça Damgaci, Hama Ali Khan, Nesrin Cavadzade, Emrah Ozdemir


Director: Hüseyin Karabey