France-Greece-Turkey. Direction: Tony Gatlif. Production: Delphine Mantoulet, Francis Boespflug, Stéphane Parthenay, Fenia Cossovitsa, Suzan Guvërte / Princes Production, Pyramide Productions, Blonde, Güverte Films, Auvergne-Rhône Alpes Cinéma, Princes Films. Screenplay: Tony Gatlif. Photography: Patrick Ghiringhelli. Edition: Monique Dartonne. Running time: 97 min
LANGUAGE: French, Greek, Turkish / SUBTITLES: Basque, English
Djam, a young Greek woman living on the island of Lesbos, is sent to Istanbul by her uncle Kakourgos to collect an engine part for his boat. There she runs into Avril, an 18-year-old French woman, alone and penniless, who’s gone to Turkey to help migrants. Djam, generous, insolent, unpredictable and free-spirited, takes Avril under her wing in an eventful road trip back to Mytilene, a journey of music, encounters and hope.
Djam is the latest film by Tony Gatlif, director of Latcho Drom (1992), The Crazy Stranger (1997), Liberté (2010) and Geronimo (2014), awarded for his achievements at the Festival in 2016.