Introduced by producer Çağlar Ercan, with a post-film Q&A

This touching, real-life tale set amidst the ravages of the Korean War finds Sgt. Süleyman (Ismail Hacioglu) stumbling upon an abandoned, half-frozen, 5-year-old girl (Kim Seol). He risks his life to save the orphan by smuggling her onto his Army base, where she becomes the darling mascot of the Turkish brigade. Not knowing her name and unable to communicate with her, Süleyman names her Ayla, and the two form an inseparable bond. But as the war comes to a close, he must decide whether to live with Ayla in South Korea or return to Turkey alone.

Well known in both countries, the story was the basis for the 2010 documentary Kore Ayla, which inspired this historical drama. Ayla: The Daughter of War was Turkey’s entry for Best Foreign Film to the 2018 Oscars.

About the Speaker
Çağlar Ercan graduated from Ankara Private Yükseliş College and then from Eskişehir Anadolu University with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences, cinema, and TV. He started his career working as a 1st assistant director for nationally and internationally acclaimed directors in film and advertising. He has been with Dijital Sanatlar Production since 2008 as a general manager and co-producer, overseeing productions, marketing, and distribution. He has worked as a line producer and a co-producer for TV shows and the films Ayla, Müslüm, Çiçero, and Turkish Ice Cream.

• Read a review of the film in the Hollywood Reporter.

• Read about the real-life characters from the film.

• Read an interview with the filmmaker.

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Director
Can Ulkay
Released
2017
Language
Korean, Turkish, and Chinese with English subtitles
Country
Turkey
Running Time
125 minutes
Format
Digital, Color
Website
http://aylafilmi.com/?lang=en