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The nightly song of the travellers

Kuzey Ozdogan, Ulku Ulker Engin Gunay , Chapour Haghighat  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kuzey Ozdogan, Ulku Ulker Engin Gunay
  • Directors: Chapour Haghighat
  • Writers: Chapour Haghighat
  • Producers: C. Haghighat, Perspectives Nomades
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Perspectives Nomades
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001XURPKE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The old tailor, Yolan, just released from an Iranian prison, sets out in search of the village in Turkey where he was born. By his side is Ozal, a 9-year old boy. Together they wander through the mountains of Eastern Anatolia and discover a country whose realities are as fabulous as they are simple. Chance encounters abound - talkative truckers, gamblers, suspicious villagers, shop keepers, bickering couples, wanderers, cattle wranglers - but it slowly emerges that the object of the quest, a village no longer shown on any map, is becoming less and less clear. What are Ozal and Yolan really seeking ? What is their place in a world that they find harder and harder to understand ?
After a long journey, they come accross a fortune teller and leave it to her to enlighten them on their destiny. A road in the dark leads them to the seaside. Yolan starts dancing on the beach to the music of Armenian musicians...
Original language : Turkish
English subtitles

As explains the director, Chapour Haghighat, "Through the odyssey of my two protagonists, we rather discover the life of other people. A world filled with ordinary bustle. Destinies cross each other. There is no more one story but a multitude of stories. The stories of others, of their cares, greed, hopes and folly. Each life is a long adventure. We can see only snatches of them, always incomplete, short lived pieces".

The nightly song of the travellers was successfully presented in several festivals around the world (Rotterdam, Montreal, Munich, Seattle...).
International Film Festival of Munich
"...an intriguing and fascinating parable..."
International Film Festival of Rotterdam
"The world around Yolan is at the same time commonplace and fantastical. This absurd and cruel world does not offer a well-defined path. Even the seer Yolan turns to leaves things up to chance".
Seattle International Film Festival
"The quest gives an evocative glimpse of an age-old world filled with traditions, faith and history"
Mill Valley Film Festival
"Taking inspiration from fellow countryman Abbas Kiarostami's cinema of poetic ruralism, filmmaker Chapour Haghighat has crafted a debut feature, based on his own novel, that discovers stunning beauty in the small moments of everyday life."

The Iranian-French novelist, writer, film director, Chapour HAGHIGHAT, was born in 1947 in Garmsar (Iran). He wrote several theatre plays and novels in Persian and in French. After making a short documentary about the landless peasants in Brazil and the matters of poverty and oppression in this country, he shot his first feature film, a French Iranian coproduction, "The nightly song of the travellers" in Turkey in 2005, with the support of Hubert Bals Fund (International Film Festival of Rotterdam). It is an adaptation of "Le chant nocturne des voyageurs", a novel published in Paris in 1995, dealing with the themes of exile, wandering, quest of identity, mixing realistic and fantastic approaches.
In 2008, Chapour Haghighat presented a second feature film, "The firm land", shot in India, again with the support of Hubert Bals Fund and Fonds Sud Cinéma (Paris).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Movie: The Nightly Song of the Travellers July 29, 2009
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I was looking so forward to this movie. However I cannot watch it because its format is not compatible with our DVD machine. So here it sits, not able to be appreciated.
I don't think this was communicated in the initial description about this item. I'm sure th movie would be good, but alas..........
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