Oray (Zejhun Demirov), a reformed burglar living in Germany, strives to be a good husband and devout Muslim. His dreams, however, are shattered when during an argument with his wife, Burcu (Deniz Orta), he utters “talaq” three times. Under Islamic law this repudiation means the two can no longer stay married. Oray moves to Cologne, where he tries to rebuild his life inside the local Muslim community, but he continues to struggle with the love he feels for Burcu and his faith.
Praised by The Hollywood Reporter as a “feature debut that commands attention,” Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay's ORAY premiered at the Berlinale where it received the Best First Feature Award.
DIRECTED BY MEHMET AKIF BUYUKATALAY
GERMANY | 2019 | GERMAN, TURKISH, ROMANY WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES