“Güneşi Gördüm” by Mahsun Kırmızıgül

This article is also available in: Italiano

A film that tells of a people and a nation full of contradictions and heavily split between East and West. Güneşi Gördüm by Mahsun Kırmızıgül is an ensemble film that will tell you the story of the Altun family, forced to flee to Istanbul from their beautiful Kurdish mountains. Available on Netflix Italia

A thousand vicissitudes

The film takes us to the Erzurum countryside where we will get to know Ramo and his family. The Altun have lived in those places for generations but, with the war on Kurdish terrorism advancing, the Turkish army is pushing to move the residents. With the death of his son, however, Davut, one of the patriarchs, will support the request of the army, too upset by the horrors of the war to remain. The family will then share with Ramo and his family who will move to Istanbul while Davut will choose to move to Norway with his brother-in-law. The film narrates all the vicissitudes of this family of Kurdish peasants grappling with everyday life, full of problems and particularly cruel for them. It will only be after several mourning that the family finally decide to return to their village, crushed by too many possibilities in Istanbul.

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Davut, played by an incredible Altan Erkekli

The film tells all the vicissitudes of this family of Kurdish peasants grappling with everyday life, full of vicissitudes and particularly cruel for them. It will be only after various mourning that the family will finally decide to return to their village, crushed by the too many possibilities of Istanbul.

A Turkish story

Güneşi Gördüm is an ensemble film that manages to take all aspects of modern Turkey. We have the war in Kurdistan, the disparity between east and west and finally homosexuality. In fact, Kado, the brother of Ramo, will discover himself transgender in Istanbul causing many problems in the family, still extremely provincial and lagging behind on certain issues. The way in which the theme was treated is also poetic. In one of the last scenes, in fact, Kado will compare himself to a berfin, a snowdrop, so much in love with the sun as to die as soon as he sees it.

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Kado, played by Cemal Toktaş

The ability Mahsun Kırmızıgül, in this film director, screenwriter and actor, are the pivot around which everything revolves. Thanks to the latter, in fact, the viewer begins to feel part of modern Turkish history, in all its contradictions and with all its problems.


Güneşi Gördüm deserves to be seen because he has no fault. The actors are spot on and act well, the story is interesting and the landscapes are beautiful. Mahsun Kırmızıgül in this film manages to do what he wants and to do it well, moving us and keeping us attached to the screen. Truly a pleasure for the eyes and mind.

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Mahsun Kırmızıgül is Ramo

Only 2 notes that could annoy an audience too accustomed to local films: 1) The film is on Netflix Italy but in Turkish and with Italian subtitles 2) In the East the scenes of pathos are much more similar to our theater ones, therefore with greater physical interpretation of pain.

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