RABIYE KURNAZ VS. GEORGE W. BUSH
Murat is incarcerated in the U.S. Guantanamo detention camp. Desperate to help her son, Rabiye Kurnaz, a housewife and loving mother from Bremen, goes to the police, notifies authorities, and almost despairs at their impotence until she discovers Bernhard Docke. The reserved, level-headed human rights lawyer and the temperamental Turkish woman – now fighting side-by-side for Murat’s release. Docke is patient, Rabiye is not. She’d actually prefer to be back home with her family but finds herself totally enmeshed in world politics. She goes with Bernhard to Washington, and right up to the Supreme Court to bring legal action against George W. Bush. Bernhard watches out for her. And Rabiye makes him laugh. With heart and soul. And in the end, against all the odds, something truly remarkable happens.
German director Andreas Dresen, who won awards for his films at Cannes, Berlinale and Karlovy Vary, is one of Germany’s most admired directors with diverse and award-winning features. Dresen was born in 1963 in Gera, East Germany. His specific directing style is based on improvisation which results in extraordinary acting accomplishments and a feeling of almost documentary-like realism. In the early ’80s, he began working in theater and making short films. He has been working as a writer and director for film, TV, theatre and opera.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Guild Film Prize; Best Screenplay, Berlin International Film Festival 2022
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role; Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role; Outstanding Feature Film, German Film Awards 2022
German Screen Actors Awards 2022
Motovun Film Festival 2022
Nuremberg Film Festival “Turkey-Germany” 2022
RABIYE KURNAZ VS. GEORGE W. BUSH (fic.)
Director: Andreas Dresen
Country: Germany, France
Language: German, Turkish, English
Cast: Meltem Kaptan, Alexander Scheer, Charly Hübner
Production: Cinéma Defacto, Iskremas Filmproduktion, Pandora Filmproduktion
PROGRAMME: INTERNATIONAL SELECTION