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Before Snowfall

Original title: Før snøen faller
German title: Junge Siyar, Der
Norway, 2012

Director: Zaman, Hisham
Production company: Paradox Film AS
Age recommendation: 13 years and up

Synopsis:
A sixteen-year-old boy gets wrapped in plastic, and lowered into a tank truck full of crude oil.

That’s how Hisham Zaman’s long awaited feature film debut begins.

BEFORE SNOWFALL is an untraditional roadmovie about family, love, dignity and honor. Siyar is the eldest man in the family. When his sister escapes from her own wedding, he’s given the task to track her down and restore the family’s reputation.

The hunt after his sister becomes a dangerous journey from east to west, where the collision of traditional bound cultures and modern western living challenges Siyar to find out who he really is. In Istanbul he meets the young girl Evin, who’s also lost between borders in Europe. They experience a budding friendship and an infatuation. Evin chooses to travel with him, unknowingly of his plan.

Festivals:
Tromsø 2013, Göteborg 2013 (awarded), Tribeca 2013, Kristiansand 2013, BUFF Malmö 2014, Youngabout Bologna 2014 (awarded), Prishtina IFF 2014 (awarded), Buster Copenhagen 2014, Lucas Frankfurt 2014, Schlingel Chemnitz 2014, Youngabout Bologna 2015

World sales address/es:
Paradox (Norway)

Sold to:
Barnsteiner-Film (D)
Dualfilm (DE)