Production: France 2011
Director: Hiner Salem
Screenplay: Hiner Saleem
Cinematography: Manuel Teran
Film Editor: Antoine De Clermont-Tonnerre, Emmanuelle Mimran
Running Time: 95 Mins
Language: French, Kurdish
Subtitles: English
Cast: Golshifteh Farahani,  Jonathan Zaccai


A fresh out of prison Philippe, crosses paths with Avdal, a Kurd who is trying to track down an Iraqi war criminal. Avdal dreams of staying in France and awaits his fiancée Siba. The two men strike up a friendship and when Avdal suddenly dies, Philippe finds himself organizing the funeral. When Siba arrives in Paris, she meets Philippe, learns of Avdal's death, and is taken in by a group of Kurdish men. Meanwhile, Avdal's father, a devout Muslim, arrives in Paris to grieve for his son. He wants Siba to return, but the young woman has tasted freedom...

Director’s Biography

Hiner Saleem was born in Kurdistan of Iraq in 1964. After studying in Italy, he settled in France and began documenting the lives of Iraqi Kurds, in films including ‘Vive La Marie… Et La Liberation du Kurdistan’, ‘Passeurs De Rêves’ and the winner of the Silver Leon Prize at the 2003 Venice Film Festival, ‘Vodka Lemon’.