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Five stories re-placed in NorwayA few years back, while promoting his stylishly bloody genre picture "Un Prophete" (2009), French writer-director Jacques Audiard said he wanted his movie to liberate his Muslim characters from the twin ghettos of social realism and racial-cultural stereotypes. Audiard was alluding to a bipolarity in Europe's "Muslim immigrant" films. Social realist art house treatments of Muslim migrant stories, on the other hand, tend to be boring.It's true that certain themes have dominated European cinema's immigration stories. The hardened heart of the story is embodied by the young widow Beritan (Ivan Anderson), a veteran of some PKK-style leftist militancy.One reason she's chosen to migrate to Norway with her daughter is her personal mission to find, and settle accounts with, a former friend who betrayed her husband to Turkish police. "Before Snowfall," his 2013 feature debut, won the prize for Best Nordic film at the Gothenburg film festival – a feat "Letter" repeated earlier this year – and took the Best Cinematography prize at New York's Tribeca film festival.
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