Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

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Life is movement, from point A to point B, as well as an inner journey: Alan, Jan and Liya, born in Kurdistan, raised in Stuttgart, want to grant their deceased mother her final wish: To be buried beside her husband, who died in the war, in their home village in Kurdistan. The clan objects, but the three set out anyway. A risky journey to a homeland wracked by strife. On their way, differences emerge with the family as well.

tags: Family, War, Cultural Conflict, Road Movie, Feature film

Cast: Mina Özlem Sağdıç, Sasun Sayan, Murat Seven, Wedad Sabri, Ahmet Zirek


Screenplay: Soleen Yusef

Director of Photography: Stephan Burchardt

Film Editor: Hannes Bruun

Composer: Paradox Paradise

Production Designer: Jalal Saedpanah, Jurek Kuttner

Costume Design: Silvana Ciafardini

Sound: Bertin Molz

Producer: Mehmet Aktaş, Jana Raschke

Production Company: mîtosfilm

Co-Producer: Igor Dovgal

Co-Production Company: Essence Film, Südwestrundfunk (SWR), Arte

Director: Soleen Yusef


Soleen Yusef was born in Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan. Her family fled to Germany when she was nine. She trained as a singer and actress in Berlin, working as a production assistant, sales assistant and assistant director. She enrolled at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in the dramatic directing department. HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF is her graduating film.