Directed by Serif Goren and Yilmaz Guney
The penal system in Turkey allows for certain
prisoners to go home on leave, promising to return by a strict deadline. We follow
five such prisoners as they take their long-awaited leave, having been granted seven days.
Their anticipated return to prison dwells in each man's mind as they disperse,
rushing to salvage remnants of their shattered lives. Yilmaz Guney, himself a
political prisoner in Turkey, wrote the screenplay from his jail cell and collaborated
with Serif Goren to direct the film. Guney eventually escaped to Switzerland, where
he finished the post production of the film. Serif Goren and Yilmaz Guney won the
Golden Palm from the Cannes Film Festival for their collaboration on Yol
(tied with Missing, 1982). Yol was also
nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film (1983).