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KILOMETRE ZERO

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KILOMETRE ZERO

Director: Hiner Saleem
Iraqi Kurdistan and France   |   2005   |   96 minutes
Arabic, French and Kurdish, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis A story of ethnic conflict between Kurds and Iraqis in the context of the war between Iraq and Iran in the 1980s. The central story of the film is set at a time when Kurds were conscripted to serve in the Iraqi army, where they were brutally abused, as a despised minority in Saddam Hussein's military. Kilometre Zero pairs a Kurdish soldier, under orders to return the body of a dead soldier to his family, with an Iraqi taxi driver who will drive them cross-country to the dead soldier's home. Scenes between the men, in the close quarters of their truck, are interwoven with scenes of often comic incompetence of Iraqi soldiers and officers.

About the Director Hiner Saleem was born in Acna, Iraqi Kurdistan, in 1954. He fled to Italy by way of Syria in 1971, to escape the oppression of Saddam Hussein, and has lived in Paris for the past ten years. He is a fervent advocate for the rights of the Kurdish people, and regards April 9, 2003, the day of the fall of Saddam Hussein, as the most beautiful day of his life. Saleem was honored as Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the government of France in 2005. His films include Beyond Our Dreams (2000), and Vodka Lemon (2003), for which he won the Contro Corrente Grand Prize at the 2003 Venice Film Festival. His Long Live the Bride...and the Liberation of Kurdistan (1997) won the prize for best script at the Angers Film Festival. Kilometre Zero (2005) was selected for competition at the Festival Cannes 2005.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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CAST

Ako - Nazmi Kirik
Selma - Belcim Bigin
Taxi Driver - Eyam Ekrem
Adnan - Ehmed Qeladizehi

CREW

Director - Hiner Saleem
Writer - Hiner Saleem
Producers - Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Hiner Saleem, Émilie Georges
Cinematographer - Robert Alazraki
Editor - Anna Ruiz
Sound - Fredi Loth
Music - Nikos Kypourgos, Yan Axin
REVIEWS

“Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, Saleem's powerful film, shot on location in Iraqi Kurdistan, is a poignant account of the Kurdish people's struggle for liberation and equality.” – Ali Jaafar, BFI 50th London Film Festival Archives

"A road trip with scenes of war and destruction, sprinkled with black humor." -USA Today

"A story of deep visions rendered with an ironic eye for the humor to be found even in adversity." -BBC

“Although generically structured, 'Kilometre Zero' offers a searing look into the horrors the people of Iraq, specifically the Kurds, suffered under the brutish tyranny of Saddam Hussein. Under Saleem's hand, the technical contributions are frequently eloquent, specifically composer Nikos Kipourgos' baleful score, amplified with the wails of a sad people's plea.” -The Hollywood Reporter

"Nakedly honest...Frighteningly well-acted." -Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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