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Grain (2017)

Bugday (original title)
This film was inspired by a chapter from the Quran. It is a post-apocalyptic story set in a world where those that survive, are divided between the remnants of cities and agricultural zones... See full summary »

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Semih Kaplanoglu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean-Marc Barr ... Erol
Ermin Bravo ... Cemil
Grigoriy Dobrygin ... Andrei
Cristina Flutur ... Alice
Lubna Azabal ... Beatrice
Mila Böhning Mila Böhning ... Tara
Hal Yamanouchi ... Leon
Jarreth J. Merz ... Viktor Rerberg
Nike Maria Vassil ... Prof. Asli Yurtcu
Rainer Steffen Rainer Steffen ... Prof. Ekrem Aktolga
Hoji Fortuna ... Alexandre
Garrett Thierry ... Riot Guard
Brett Storm Brett Storm ... Riot Police Officer
LaTrallo Presley LaTrallo Presley ... Protestor #2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mehmet Yilmaz Ak ... Paul
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This film was inspired by a chapter from the Quran. It is a post-apocalyptic story set in a world where those that survive, are divided between the remnants of cities and agricultural zones. Both of these factions are ruled by corporations and populated by elites. In the areas called Dead Lands, genetically incompatible immigrants suffer from drought and epidemics. Written by mycroftmy

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Turkey | Germany | France | Sweden | Qatar

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2017 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Gabona See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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$74,017
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2.35 : 1
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Great, Awesome But...
18 August 2019 | by gokselcinSee all my reviews

The director Semih Kaplanoglu has a succesful cinema discography. His last film "Grain" is raising his cinematographic level to top!

Grain presents an excellent visual narration making feel the taste of Bela Tar, Andrei Tarkovsky, Pawel Pawlikowsky or Alfonso Cuaron movies. Also, by the context of dark storytelling and using mystic-religious references to tell a distopic story, the movie evokes Darren Aronofsky movies. However, these tastes signify only evoking materials; Kaplanoglu has achieved a genuine and peculiar cinema langue containing authentic, local and oriental images and narratives some of which refer to Kur'an.

Only disturbing content of movie, especially for me, Grain present an open-ended expression on the contradiction/combination of science and spiritual-religious beliefs within the story of an apocalyptic future where people strive against scarsity and poverty. Hence, some of possible interpretations can radically change main suggestions of the movie and many viewers (like me) could dislike some of these conclusions. The director's ideo-political position (close to actual political power in Turkey) may give some clues on what he has tried to express by his movie but, looking for the meaning out of this movie could lead us to false notions.

Despite this, I loved this movie very very much.


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