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by Rachid Bouchareb


When the police inform her that Elodie, her only daughter, 20, has left to join the Islamic State somewhere between Syria and Iraq, Elisabeth’s life is thrown into turmoil. She is in shock and cannot understand this decision because the war does not concern them.Elisabeth manages to contact Elodie but finds herself at a loss faced with this young woman whom she no longer recognizes. Alone in her struggle, she decides to set off for Syria to look for her daughter and to convince her to return to Belgium with her.Will mother and daughter be able to reunite and understand each other?

international title: Road to Istanbul
original title: La Route d'Istanbul
working title: La route des lacs
country: France, Belgium, Algeria
sales agent: Elle Driver
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Rachid Bouchareb
screenplay: Rachid Bouchareb, Yasmina Khadra, Zoé Galeron, Olivier Lorelle
cast: Astrid Whettnall, Pauline Burlet, Patricia Ide
cinematography by: Benoît Chamaillard
producer: Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat
production: 3B Productions, ARTE France, Scope Pictures, Tassili (DZ)

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