Ayla: The Daughter of War - Foreign Language Contender 2


AMC Castleton Square Theater 4 Mon, Oct 16, 2017 12:45 PM
Film Info
Film Type:Special Presentation
Release Year:2017
Runtime:124 min
Production Country:Turkey
Original Language:Turkish, English, Koran
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Can Ulkay
Cast:Ismail Hacioglu
Kim Seol
Cetin Tekindor
Lee Kyung-Jin
Producer(s):Mustafa Uslu
Screenwriter:Digit Guralp
Executive Producer(s):Digital Production House
Mustafa Uslu


Part of the inaugural "Best Foreign Language Award Contender" Sidebar featuring 10 films submitted to the 2018 Academy Awards as their respective country's official entry for "Best Foreign Language Film".

Country: Turkey
Film Synopsis: In 1950, amidst the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a half-frozen little girl with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, this little girl captures the heart of Süleyman, who risks his own life to save her, smuggling her into his Army base and out of harms way. Not knowing her name and unable to communicate with her, Süleyman names her Ayla, in reminiscence of the moon on the fateful night during which they met. The two form an instantaneous and inseparable bond, and Ayla, almost effortlessly, brings an uncanny joy to the Turkish brigade in the grip of war. As the war comes to a close however, Süleyman's brigade is told that they will be returning home. Süleyman cannot bear abandoning Ayla, and does everything within his power to take her with him. After repeated failure, he is forced to give Ayla to an orphanage, but doesn't give up on the hope of one day reuniting with her. Will the two ever get back together?
A Message from International Film Programmer Hannah Fisher:
We request that our audiences keep an open mind in viewing these films – as all are selected by the country of origin as the most representative film of the year. Some of the films may be unusual for Heartland Festival, but all films in this category will have been selected by various industry organizations, along with funding bodies and government agencies. Films in the “Foreign Language Best Picture Contender” sidebar contain mature themes and strong content.

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