How far would you go to restore your family’s honor? As the oldest man in his household, Siyar confronts that question with a vengeance after his older sister, Nermin, flees an arranged marriage, and he must atone for the slight. Siyar tracks her from their small village in Kurdistan to the cultural melting pot of Istanbul. His fateful introduction to Evin, a young girl living on the streets, leads to the first cracks in his resolve. Then Nermin escapes into Europe, and Siyar has no choice but to continue a search that will forever change his notions of loyalty, dignity, honor and love.
With dazzling imagery and fast-paced storytelling, Before Snowfall is a thought-provoking look at honor killing, at the intricate web of connections that sustain the brutal tradition and the unbelievable lengths to which some will go to see it through. Director Hisham Zaman focuses on the male antagonist, deftly portrayed by newcomer Taher Abdullah Taher, to bring Siyar’s moral crisis front and center. As he ventures farther away from home and his relationship with Evin deepens, does Siyar want to end the violent cycle? Is escape even possible?
Length: 105 minutes
Director: Hisham Zaman
Screenwriter: Hisham Zaman, Kjell Ola Dahl
Producer: Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae
Editor: Sverrir Kristjansson
Cinematographer: Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen
Executive Producer: Finn Gjerdrum, Stein B. Kvae, Magnus Ravlo Stokke, Erik Poppe
Composer: David Reyes
Co-Producer: Mitos Film
Cast: Taher Abdullah Taher, Suzan Ilir, Bahar Özen
HISHAM ZAMAN was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 1975 and studied at the Norwegian Film School. His 2006 short Bawke won over fifty international awards and was named Norway’s best short film of the decade. Zaman’s films Winterland and Before Snowfall opened Norway’s Tromsø International Film Festival in 2007 and 2013.