Mr. Gay Syria

    • Ayse Toprak
    • France, Turkey, Germany
    • 2017
    • 88 min

    Synopsis

    Twenty-four-year-old Husein is from Syria. As a refugee, he waits in Istanbul for possible placement somewhere in Europe. Married with a young daughter, he also carries a big secret: his homosexuality. He must hide his sexual orientation from his conservative family, but he can be himself with his friends in Istanbul’s tight-knit gay community. To bring attention to homosexuality among Syrians, he decides to compete in the Mr. Gay Syria pageant. His emotional performance of a letter to his mother wins him the title. He is then invited to compete for Mr. Gay World in Malta—as long as he can secure a visa. These young gay men in Istanbul live under constant tension: between hoping for a future with a permit to live in a safe European country, and wrestling with the values of their traditional backgrounds. Regardless, this intimate portrait is filled with love and life.

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    • 88 min
    • color
    • DCP
    Director
    Ayse Toprak
    Production
    Antoine Simkine for Les Filmes d'Antoine, Ekin Calisir for Toprak Film, Christine Kiauk for Coin Film
    Cinematography
    Hajo Schomerus, Anne Misselwitz
    Editing
    Nadia Ben Rachid
    Sound
    Vincent Rozenberg
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