The movie ”Kardeşler” (“Brothers”), directed by Turkish filmmaker Ömür Atay, has won the best feature award in Iceland’s Close Up Reykjavik Film Festival on Friday. “We are returning from Iceland with an award! The winner of best feature award in the Close Up Reykjavík Film Festival is ‘Brothers,'” Atay said in his Twitter account on Monday.
Making its world premier at Karlovy Vary’s Film Festival, the movie is a Turkish-German-Bulgarian coproduction. Produced by Funda Ödemiş, it stars Yiğit Ege Yazar, Caner Şahin, Gözde Mutluer, Cem Zeynel Kılıç, Ozan Çelik, Ebru Ojen Şahin, Yiğit Çakır, Nihal Koldaş, Mürtüz Yolcu, Cankat Aydos, Erol Afşin, Onur Dikmen and Enes İlçi.
In the production, Yusuf, who has obeyed the decision of his family elders and set his sister up for an honor killing, and his brother Ramazan, who committed the murder, come together after four years when Yusuf is discharged on probation from the detention center. Instead of Ramazan, the family has turned in Yusuf, as he was younger than 18 at the time of the murder and would get a reduced sentence. Coming out of prison, Yusuf ends up marooned at the family-run trailer truck park on the highway leading to Iran, where he struggles with his guilty conscience and regret for what he did. Surrounded by the cruelty of traditional moral and religious rules that can turn a child into a murderer, every move he makes is watched over by his family. Entering the lives of two brothers who end up condemned to one another’s destinies, Yasemin becomes the unwilling witness to the honor killing that is kept as a family secret. As Yusuf and Ramazan reckon with their past and their consciences, Yasemin becomes another threat for the family, just like Yusuf.