Journey to the Sun (1999)

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Mehmet, a young Turkish man newly migrated from the village Tire, takes a job searching for water leaks below the surface of the streets of Istanbul. Due to a strange set of events, he is ... See full summary »


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29 May 2009 | haettich-achim
| an incredible but beautiful journey into the heart of darkness
this is really an amazing movie that left me stunned for a long time. Ustaoglu has made a film of a pure essence that rely heavy on the visuals and grabs itself deeply in your heart. Like Silent Hill or Apocalyse Now it shows shots that burn into your brain and remain there long after. Beside this it delivers insights in the nature of human existence and his place in the universe. For Journey to the sun not the people in itself generate hate, exclusion and violence but all prevailing power structures that suck up a whole state like a sponge. Mehmet, one of the protagonists, goes on a journey that brings him to the root of humanity and the meaning of life. This movie demonstrates the importance of friendship and solidarity beyond and above all walls of hate and malice, and how paper thin is the line between unlimited humanity and border generating, infamous barbarity.

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Release Date:

9 February 2001


Turkish, Kurdish, Dutch

Country of Origin

Turkey, Netherlands, Germany

Filming Locations

Istanbul, Turkey

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,391 11 February 2001

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