While quarrelling with his wife Burcu, Oray utters three times the word ‘talaq‘, the Islamic formula for divorce. The imam of his hometown community informs him about the consequences: Oray has to split up with her for three months. He takes advantage of the forced break and moves to Cologne to establish a new life for Burcu and himself. But the Imam of his new community, Bilal, holds a more austere opinion towards the Oslamic law, which implies that he has to divorce his wife. Oray is torn between his love of his beliefs and his belief in love.
Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay was born in Bad Hersfeld in 1987, and grew up in Hagen. He studied film and literature at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and was a scholar of the German National Scholarship Foundation. Oray is his diploma movie and was nominated for the First-Steps Award for best feature-length in 2018. He lives and works in Cologne. His filmography includes the short films Wie ich lernte Skifahren zu hassen (2008), Ömer, the Lord (2012), Vor dem Tor des Ijtihad (2013), and ‘31 Szenen einer Jugend’ (2014). Oray is his firs feature film.
Saturday 19: Zorrilla Theater, 7 pm
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