Cinema Releases - Homeward

Winter/Fall 2019

Fiftysomething Mustafa (Akhte Seitablaev) and his moody college son, Alim (Remzi Bilyalov) have set out to a morgue in Kiev, Ukraine to recover the shrapnel-laden body of Alim’s older brother, Nazim, yet another young Ukranian life ill-fated by the war with Russia. Although Mustafa has been living in Kiev with his Orthodox wife, Oleysa (Dariya Barihashvili), he is insistent that his son is given a traditional Muslim burial beside his mother’s grave, but excludes Oleysa from the roadtrip. The journey is time-sensitive, as Mustafa must speedily return the body in keeping with Muslim burial laws.

Mustafa is a hot-tempered and severe man and his wife speaks of his dangerous nature. Alim is shocked by Mustafa’s treatment of her and they develop a close telephonic relationship. There is also tension between father and son as city-life has exacerbated the generational gap between Mustafa and Alim. However, one commonality unites them – their shared language of Crimean Tatar. Along the way, they face many obstacles, not least of which is a decomposing cadaver, and Alim is hard-pressed to accept his father’s determination to uphold tradition at all costs. However, the on-going challenges encourage the pair to better understand each other and profoundly impacts their relationship.

World Premiere Cannes Film Festival 2019 Uncertain Regard
Winner Jury Award and Best Performance Award Winner Cannes Film Festival 2019   Un Certain Regard

Length: 98 minutes
Country: Ukraine
Languages: Tatar/Ukrainian/Russian with English subtitles

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