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In order to realise his estranged and terminally-ill father’s wish to be buried under the ‘Noah Tree’ his father swears he planted, Omer, a quick-tempered son in a mid-life crisis, has to face the villagers who believe that the ‘holy’ tree is the first tree planted by prophet Noah after the Great Flood and has the power to immediately answer their prayers. A deeply felt exploration of male ego in the tradition of Nuri Bilge Ceylan, staring Haluk Bilginer from Winter Sleep.
Noah Land has been nominated for numerous festival awards and has won seven, including Best Screenplay (International Narrative Competition), and Best Actor (International Narrative Competition - Ali Atay) at Tribeca 2019, Best Actor (National Competition - Ali Atay) at the 2019 Bosphorus Film Festival and Best Film and Best Director at the 2019 Adana Film Festival.
“A thoughtful and deeply felt debut from Cenk Ertürk, Noah Land probes ethical questions about the price of victory while weighing a human tendency to react in extremes.” - Frederic Boyer, Tribeca Film Festival.
“Men are allowed to be vulnerable, and Noah Land reminds us of that fact” - Film Threat
”_Noah Land_‘s strength lies in its imperfect characters who all admit or display their shortcomings and yet whose lives we come to care about… It is through the collection of characters, who all care very deeply and who acknowledge their faults, whether or not they contribute to the story’s minimal action, that Noah Land truly shines.” - Leah Singerman, FilmBook.
YourScreen audience comments:
“A genuine and deeply-felt portrait of an estranged father-son relationship that explores what it means to be a good father. Completely compelling, and I felt invested in their efforts to bury past mistakes.”
“Deeply insightful, engrossing and emotionally raw study of a fractured father-son duo seeking familial peace at the eleventh hour.”