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AYLA - THE DAUGHTER OF WAR

Genre Drama
Duration 125'
Year 2017
Country TURKEY
Directed by Can Ulkay
Cast Çetin Tekindor, Ismail Hacioglu, Kyung-jin Lee
Synopsis
In 1950, during Korean War, our hero, Sergeant Süleyman stumbled upon a a halffrozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. This little girl captured the heart of Süleyman. He risked his own life to save her, smuggled her into his army base. Not knowing her name and unable to communicate with her, Süleyman named her Ayla, in reminiscence of the moon on the fateful night during which they met. The two form an instantaneous and inseparable bond, and Ayla, almost effortlessly, brought an uncanny joy to the Turkish brigade in the grip of war. As the war came to a close however, Süleyman's brigade is told that they will be returning home. Süleyman could not bear abandoning Ayla, and did everything within his power to take her with him. After repeated failure, he is forced to give Ayla to an orphanage, but didn't give up on the hope of one day reuniting with her. He started a new life with his new family in Turkey but he never lost hope in finding Ayla someday. 60 years later, Süleyman’s hope was rekindled when Turkish Korean war veterans were invited to South Korea to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.
Theatrical Release
October 27, 2017 in Turkey
Awards
Asian World Ff 2017 Audience Choice
Cape Town Iff 2017 Best Edit
Sedona International Film Festival 2018 Best Foreign Film
Richmond Iff 2018 Best Director
Richmond Iff 2018 Rising Star
Worldlfest-Houston Best Foreign Language Film 2018
Worldliest-Houston Best Director
Festivals
Asian World FF 2017
Cape Town IFF 2017
Palm Springs FF 2017
Heartland FF2017
Sedona International Film Festival 2018
Richmond IFF 2018
Boulder International Film Festival 2018
Worldliest-Houston 2018
Toronto Korean Film Festival 2018
Port Townsend FF 2018

Trivia
Based on a true story.
It was selected as the Turkish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

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