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Before Snowfall

Før snøen faller

Norway | 2012 | 105 minutes | Hisham Zaman

When his older sister Nermin flees an arranged marriage, Siyar tracks her from Kurdistan to Istanbul where a fateful encounter with a young girl creates cracks in his resolve. A dazzling drama that tackles notions of loyalty, dignity, honor, and love. 

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At the beginning of this unconventional road movie, a 16-year-old boy is wrapped in plastic and lowered into a tank truck full of crude oil so he can be smuggled across an international border. Then things start getting truly difficult for Siyar (Taher Abdullah Taher), a Kurdish Iraqi who embarks on a perilous journey west through Europe. Following the death of his father, Siyar becomes the eldest man in his family. As tradition dictates, he is therefore responsible when his older sister, Nermin (Bahar Özen), runs from an arranged wedding and flees to Turkey. As Siyar pursues her, with an intention to kill her for her transgression, he meets a teenaged girl named Evin (Suzan Ilir). Initially Evin tries to rob Siyar, but the two itinerant souls develop a gradual friendship and she decides to tag along, unaware of Siyar's true motives. Director Hisham Zaman, who has been a hit on the short film festival circuit, enters into feature territory in this dazzling drama about the shifting definitions of family, love, and honor. Shooting in four different countries, Zaman includes stunning visuals to illustrate the pair's travels from the tradition-bound culture of Northern Iraq to the freewheeling West. His decision to use mostly non-professional actors only heightens the reality of Siyar's predicament. As he nears his destination, Siyar must grapple with his own identity and the lengths he will go to protect his honor.

Director Biography
Hisham Zaman is a Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker. He has made several short films and received over 40 national and international awards. Before Snowfall is his feature film debut.

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Director: Hisham Zaman
Principal Cast: Taher Abdullah Taher, Suzan Ilir, Bahar Özen
Country: Norway, Germany
Year: 2012
Running Time: 105 minutes
Producer: Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae
Screenplay: Hisham Zaman, Kjell Ola Dahl
Cinematographers: Marius Matzow Gullbrandsen
Editors: Sverrir Kristjansson
Music: David Reyes
Website: http://www.nfi.no/english/norwegianfilms/search/Film?key=103211
Awards: Göteborg Film Festival 2013 (Dragon Award)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Kurdish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Norwegian Film Institute
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