Teens in a Turkish prison struggle to survive under hideous conditions. Made by dying Yilmaz Guney in France, after he escaped from a Turkish prison, enabling him to accept his award at Cannes for Yol (The Road). When the Turkish superstar leading man turned human rights activist, Guney was convicted for pro-Kurdish political activity and murder, by the Turkish military regime.
Director / writer Guney’s last film, Duvar (The Wall), was banned in Turkey for 17 years. The incarcerated teens organize and fight back, brutalize each other, exult over the smallest triumph, while joking, suffering and learning from the inhumanity they wallow in. The prison also separately houses men and women, many played by other Turkish expatriates.
Duvar is a 1983 Turkish drama film directed by Yılmaz Güney. It was entered into the 1983 Cannes Film Festival. This film stars Tuncel Kurtiz, Ayse Emel Mesci Kuray, Malik Berrichi, Nicolas Hossein, Isabelle Tissandier, Ali Berktay, Sema Kuray and Zeynep Kuray.
Duvar – The Wall (1983)
Directed by: Yilmaz Güney
Starring: Tuncel Kurtiz, Ayse Emel Mesci Kuray, Malik Berrichi, Nicolas Hossein, Isabelle Tissandier, Ali Berktay, Sema Kuray, Zeynep Kuray
Screenplay by: Yilmaz Güney
Cinematography by: Izzet Akay
Film Editing by: Sabine Mamou
Makeup Department: Yasemin Akay
Music by: Setrak Bakirel, Ozan Garip Sahin
Distributed by: Kino International
Release Date: May 18, 1983