POET AND DIRECTOR FAYSAL SOYSAL’S FILM, ÜÇ YOL - CROSSROADS, IS AN IDEALISTIC LOVE STORY THAT STRETCHES FROM MOSTAR IN BOSNIA ALL THE WAY TO HASANKEYF IN EASTERN TURKEY. AN ODE TO THE BITTER MEMORIES OF THE WAR IN BOSNIA, IT BRINGS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO TURKISH CINEMA WITH ITS POETIC STYLE.

Crossroads is the first feature-length film by Faysal Soysal, whose short films have already chalked up a number of successes at festivals. The film, for which Turkish Airlines is a sponsor, opens when Zrinka, a Serbian-Bosnian psychologist who is counseling families who lost their relatives in the war, and Bünyamin from Batman in Turkey, who is seeking escape from guilt feelings for an accidental death he caused as a child, meet on the Mostar Bridge.

THE STORY OF JOSEPHOWN
Crossroads draws a parallel between the story of Bünyamin, who is trying to lose himself by helping to find dead bodies in mass graves in Bosnia, and the story of Joseph and his brothers in the Holy Quran. Wracked by guilt, Bünyamin, who keeps dreaming that he is his elder brother Joseph, contemplates suicide. Zrinka, who follows Bünyamin all the way to Hasankeyf after he leaves Mostar, is identified with the Zuleiha who is Joseph’s true love in the Quranic tale. Crossroads tells the story of an “Eastern love” shaped by truth, dream and poetry.

SISTER BRIDGES
Mostar and Malabadi, which appear at the opening and closing of the Crossroads story, are referred to as Ottoman “sister bridges” by Evliya Çelebi in his Book of Travels. The film forges a bridge between the Neretva and the Tigris on the one hand and war-torn Pochitel and time-ravaged Hasankeyf on the other.

WHO IS FAYSAL SOYSAL?
After studying New Turkish Literature at the Yüzüncü Yıl University of Van, Faysal Soysal did a graduate degree in Cinema and Theater at the Art University of Tehran in Iran and later attended the New York Film Academy, where he focused on short films. Soysal has also published two volumes of poetry.

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