True Story - Completed 2017

In 1950, amidst the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a a half-frozen little girl, with no parents. Süleyman, who risks his own life to save her, smuggling her into his arm, names her Ayla and their story which lasts 50 years long has started.

& Awards

Cape Town IFF 2017
Best Edit
Asian Film Festival 2017
Audience Award
Palm Spring Fest. 2018
Best of Fest
Sedona International Film Festival 2018
Audience Award, Best Foreign Language Film
Houston Worldfest International 2018
Platinium Remi Award Best Foreign Language Film
Richmond International Film Festival 2018
Best Director-Can Ulkay, Rising Star Award-Kim Seol
Cinema Society of San Diego 2018
Best Foreign Language Film
New Jersey Teaneck Film Festival 2018
Best Of Fest, Best Foreign Language Film
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • True Story, Drama, Epic
    • Countries
    • TURKEY
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 124 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Can ULKAY
    • Writer(s)
    • Yigit GURALP
    • Producer(s)
    • Mustafa USLU (Dijital Production House)
    • Synopsis
    • In 1950, during Korean War, our hero, Sergeant Süleyman stumbled upon a a half- frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. This little girl captured the heart of Süleyman. He risked his own life to save her, smuggled her into his army base. Not knowing her name and unable to communicate with her, Süleyman named her Ayla, in reminiscence of the moon on the fateful night during which they met.
      The two form an instantaneous and inseparable bond, and Ayla, almost effortlessly, brought an uncanny joy to the Turkish brigade in the grip of war. As the war came to a close however, Süleyman's brigade is told that they will be returning home. Süleyman could not bear abandoning Ayla, and did everything within his power to take her with him. After repeated failure, he is forced to give Ayla to an orphanage, but didn't give up on the hope of one day reuniting with her.
      He started a new life with his new family in Turkey but he never lost hope in finding Ayla someday. 60 years later, Süleyman’s hope was rekindled when Turkish Korean war veterans were invited to South Korea to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.