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Journey to the Sun



Every shot counts in this drama set initially in Istanbul, where, writer-director Yesim Ustaoglu has said, "all the problems of Turkey exist in microcosm." A night of danger solidifies a friendship between two men from opposite ends of the country: Berzan, a street vendor, is from a Kurdish village near the Iraqi border, and Mehmet, who works for the Istanbul water department, is from a tiny town in the west. Ustaoglu, once an architect, finds the incidental beauty in the industrial; with director of photography Jacek Petrycki, she composes the scenes of the characters at work and in transit as elegantly and emotively as she frames a sunset or the face of love. When a violent experience cruelly shifts Mehmet's priorities, Ustaoglu puts his personal relationships in perspective without eclipsing their importance--or perhaps she's put political violence in perspective without eclipsing its impact. With Newroz Baz, Nazmi Quirix, and Mizgin Kapazan. 105 min. Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton, Friday, May 25, 7:00 and 9:00; Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00; and Monday through Thursday, May 28 through 31, 7:00 and 9:00; 773-281-4114.

--Lisa Alspector

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