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My Only Sunshine

Original title: Hayat Var
Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, 2008

Director: Erdem, Reha
Production company: Atlantik Film Istanbul
Co-producers: Cinegram Athens, Kaboal Sofia
Age recommendation: 14 years and up

Set in the Turkish city of Istanbul, MY ONLY SUNSHINE tells the tragic coming-of-age story of fourteen-year-old Hayat, who lives with her father and her bedridden grandfather in a riverside shack. Hayat's father owns a small boat that guarantees the family's survival through miscellaneous, but not always lawful ventures. Beyond the motion and romance of the water Hayat's life is harsh and relentless, but she has an instinct for survival. Her capacity for courage, endurance and hope in the face of these trials suggest that there is life despite the injustices in the world.

Antalya 2008, Berlin 2009 (awarded), Istanbul 2009 (awarded), Lisboa 2009, Taipei 2009, La Rochelle 2009, Karlovy Vary 2009, Torino 2009, Ale Kino Poznan 2009 (awarded)

Website: www.hayatvar.com.tr

World sales address/es:
Ostrow (US)