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HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF

Type: Feature film

Genre: Drama

Year: 2016

Country: Germany, Iraq, Qatar

Language: Kurdish, German

Duration: 117 min

Production: MÎTOSFILM, ESSENCE FILM, SÜDWESTRUNDFUNK (SWR)

Director: Soleen Yusef

Screenplay: Soleen Yusef

Producers: Mehmet Aktas, Igor Dovgal, Zhana Raschke

Operator: Stefan Burchardt

Music: Paradox Paradise, John Gürtler, Jan Miserre, Lars Vogelm

Starring: Mina Ozlem Sadic, Sasun Sayan, Murat Seven

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SOLEEN YUSEF

Soleen Yusef was born in 1987 in Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan. At the age of nine she and her family had to flee to Germany for political circumstances. After graduating from high school, she entered the Academy of Stage Arts and was educated as a singer and actress. Eventually she ended up working in the film industry for a few years and was a production and director assistant at Mîtosfilm. In 2008, she began her studies in directing feature films at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy. Her third-year film Trattoria was screened at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. A House without a Roof is her graduation project and her first feature film.

ABOUT THE FILM

The story of the journey of brothers Jan, Alan and their sister Liya, who were born in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq and raised in Germany. All three want to fulfill their mother's last wish - to bury her in

her home village next to her husband, who was killed in the war under the regime of Saddam Hussein. In their Kurdish odyssey, they are confronted not only with their large Kurdish family, which does not accept their mother's last wish, but also with their own problems. Parallel to their journey, tragic events take place in their country.

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:

  • Bratislava International Film Festival 2017 - Best Director

  • Duhok International Film Festival 2016 - Audience Award

  • First Steps Awards, Germany 2016 - Best Feature Film

  • Munich Film Festival 2016 - Best Production