A homemade epic that aims for the tragic poetry of “Time of the Gypsies” but looks more like a high school vid project, the Kurdish-language drama “It’s Cold Over There” impresses most by simply having made it to the bigscreen. Multihyphenate Mansur Tural’s pic has the merit of treating a subject that’s received rare cinematic attention: the plight of Kurds living dangerously in Turkey and Iraq. However, a few festivals outside Gaul is as far as this film will wander.
In a remote mountain village in southern Turkey, philosophizing loner Salahadin (Farzin Karim Sharos) remembers a massacre that took place 50 years prior. When the Turkish army shows up again to pursue a rebel contingent, the mother of a young boy (Ahmet Zirek) gets caught in the crossfire, and he and Salahadin flee toward Iraq to escape the madness. Despite a stronger final reel, shoddy production values and homemovie acting do little justice to the material, which would have been better served by a strictly docu-style approach. French release title (not on vid projection caught) was “La-bas il fait froid.”