Ayla: The Daughter of War
2017, Can Ulkay, Turkey, 123 min.
With Ismail Hacioglu, Kim Seol
- Sat, Feb 2nd 3:00pm
- Wed, Feb 6th 7:45pm
Based on an astonishing true story about a paternal love that survived the test of time and the horrors of war, AYLA recounts a harrowing tale with a humanitarian heart. Director Ulkay avoids sentimentality but brings immense warmth to this tale in which the brutality of conflict is tempered by the innocence of a child. In 1950, Suleyman (Hacioglu), a Turkish soldier, heads off to the Korean War as a member of a UN task force. Amid the wreckage of a slaughtered village he discovers a small survivor still holding her dead mother’s hand. Suleyman names the little girl Ayla. With no other means of support, she becomes the mascot of the platoon, cared for by the men until the day that her loving surrogate dad is forced by officials to relinquish the child to an orphanage despite his frantic attempts to adopt her. Half a century later, Suleyman searches for Ayla. In Korean, English, Turkish, and Chinese with English subtitles. Presented in cooperation with the Consulate of the Republic of Turkey, Chicago. DCP digital widescreen. (BS)