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1,286 Ratings

Turtles Can Fly

Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand

Directed by Bahman Ghobadi
France, Iraq, 2004
Drama, War


Set in Ghobadi’s native Kurdistan, close to the Turkey-Iran border. Soran is a 13-year-old boy who orders other children around as he installs an antenna for villagers keen to hear the broadcast of Saddam Hussein’s fall…

Our take

This award-winning film from Bahman Ghobadi looks at the lives and struggles of children in Kurdistan, an area as wrought with trouble now as it was in 2004 and when the film is set, before the first Iraq war. Human and heartfelt, its people are too rarely seen but their stories need to be told.

Turtles Can Fly Directed by Bahman Ghobadi

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2005 | Winner: Peace Film Award

2005 | Special Mention: 14plus Best Feature Film (Crystal Bear)

International Film Festival Rotterdam

2005 | Winner: Audience Award

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2004 | 2 wins including: Golden Seashell

Critics reviews

Such images elevate Ghobadi’s work from straight realism into something more mysterious and beautiful; they also serve as reminders that even in dire situations, the world can still find room for art.
May 18, 2018
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