Before Snowfall (Før snøen faller)

A sixteen-year-old boy gets wrapped in plastic, and lowered into a tank truck full of crude oil.

Thats how Hisham Zamans long awaited feature film debut begins.

BEFORE SNOWFALL is an untraditional roadmovie about family, love, dignity and honor. Siyar is the eldest man in the family. When his sister escapes from her own wedding, hes given the task to track her down and restore the familys reputation.

The hunt after his sister becomes a dangerous journey from east to west, where the collision of traditional bound cultures and modern western living challenges Siyar to find out who he really is. In Istanbul he meets the young girl Evin, whos also lost between borders in Europe. They experience a budding friendship and an infatuation. Evin chooses to travel with him, unknowingly of his plan.

Production and distribution

Production Year
2013
Release date (national)
2013-01-15
Production Company
Paradox Film AS
Grønlandsreiret 25
N-0190 Oslo
Producer
Finn Gjerdrum
Stein B. Kvae
Festival Contact
NFI Features

Crew

Director
Hisham Zaman
Screenplay
Kjell Ola Dahl
Hisham Zaman
DoP
Marius Matzow Gullbrandsen
Camera
Andrus Prikk
Editor
Arild Tryggestad
Composer
David Reyes
Production Designer
Olivier Meidinger
Prop Master
Rita Maria Hallekamp
Graziella Toma
Costume Designer
Birgit Kilian
Make-up Artist
Semra Güzel Kader
Sound Designer
Christian Conrad
Sound Engineer
Garip Ozdem
Sound Recording
Kürzat Bagci
First Assistant Director
Annette Stefan
Casting
Linda Steinhoff
Ali Güler

Technical information

Genre
Drama
Format
DCP 2k
Sound format
Stereo 5.1
Length in min's
105'
Language
Kurdish
German
Subtitles
English

Director

Hisham Zaman

Hisham Zaman

Hisham Zaman is a Norwegian film director with kurdish decent. He had a major international breakthrough with his first film, Bawke (2005), about a refuge father leaving his son for a better life in a foreign country. The film has received more than 40 national and international awards including a nomination for best European short in 2005. In 2007 Zaman directed another noteworthy mid-length film; the comedic drama "Winterland", a warm and humorous diaspora-story about a man settling in a godforsaken spot in Northern Norway. In 2013 he made his debut feature film Before Snowfall, a road movie becoming an odyssey from East to west. Zaman won the prestigious Dragon award for Best Nordic film at the Gothenburg film festival for Before Snowfall, and the film also won the prize for best cinematography at Tribeca .
In 2014 Zaman released his second feature film Letter to the King (2014). With this film he was awarded the Dragon award for Best Nordic film for the second year on a row. The film also received the FIPRESCI award at European cinema festival of Lecce.
Zaman is now in development with his next feature film.

 

Cast

Ikke oppgitt
Taher Abdullah Taher
Ikke oppgitt
Bahar Ozen
Ikke oppgitt
Suzan Ilir
Ikke oppgitt
Billey Dimirtas
Ikke oppgitt
Hassan Demirca
Ikke oppgitt
Naseradeen Mohammed Kaheleel
Ikke oppgitt
Nazmi Kirik
Ikke oppgitt
Birol Unel

Festivals

2013
TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival
2013
Göteborg International Film Festival
2013
CPH:PIX
2013
Tribeca Film Festival
2013
Seattle International Film Festival
2013
Edinburgh International Film Festival
2013
Midnight Sun Film Festival, Sodankylä
2013
ArtFilmFest International Film Festival
2013
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
2013
Giffoni Film Festival
2013
Traverse City Film Festival
2013
Espoo Ciné International Film Festival
2013
Göteborg Kulturkalas
2013
Saint Petersburg International FIlm Festival
2013
Batumi Film Festival
2013
Haifa International Film Festival
2013
Duhok International Film festival
2013
Warsaw International Film Festival
2013
Abu Dhabi Film Festival
2013
Prishtina International Film Festival
2013
Philadelphia Film Festival
2013
Molodist - Kiev International Film Festival
2013
International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg
2013
Exile Film Festival
2013
London Kurdish Film Festival
2013
European Film Forum Scanorama
2013
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
2013
Chennai International Film Festival
2014
Scandinavian Film Festival Los Angeles
2014
Portland International Film Festival
2014
!f Istanbul
2014
Copenhagen Kurdish Film Festival
2014
Stockholm Kurdish Film Festival
2014
Belgrade International Film Festival
2014
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights
2014
BUFF International Children and Young People's Film Festival
2014
Gli Anni in Tasca Youth and Cinema / International Film Festival for Young People
2014
Movies That Matter - Amnesty International Film Festival
2014
Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival
2014
Beijing International Film Festival
2014
Festroia International Film Festival
2014
Baltic Debuts, Kalinigrad
2014
Avvantura Film Festival Zader
2014
Films by the Sea, Vlissingen
2014
ANA Contemporary Arab Cinema
2014
Buster - Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth

Prizes

2013
Göteborg International Film Festival: Dragon Award Best Nordic Film
2013
Tribeca Film Festival: Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature Film
2013
Batumi Film Festival: Grand Prix
2013
Duhok International Film festival: Best Kurdish Actress to Suzan Ilir , Special Mention of the Jury, Duhok City Award
2013
Abu Dhabi Film Festival: Best Film from the Arab World
2013
Prishtina International Film Festival: Golden Goddess - Best Film Main Competition
2013
International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg: Special Award of the Jury
2014
Festroia International Film Festival: Best First Film
2014
Baltic Debuts, Kalinigrad: Best Director

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