HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF is about the journey of the siblings LIYA, JAN and ALAN who were born in the Kurdish area of the Iraq and grown up in Germany. The three of them want to fulfill their mother's last wish to bury her in her home village beside her husband who got killed in the war under the Saddam Hussein regime. On their nerve-wracking Kurdish-odyssey they are not only faced with their Kurdish extended family that does not accept the last wish of their mother but particularly with their own matters. In recent years they distanced from each other – everybody runs his own life – and whenever they are holding talks, they are mostly based on reproaches.
In parallel with the run of their journey it is noticeably that in their home country the dimension of an awful conflict, that nobody can surmise, is heading for disaster.
- German Cinema New Talent Award for Production - Filmfest München
- Special Grand Prix of the Jury - Montreal World FF
- Audience Award - Duhok IFF
- Best Feature Film - First Steps Awards
- Peace Film Award - Unabhängiges Filmfest Osnabrück
- Mina Özlem Sağdıç
- Sasun Sayan
- Murat Seven
- Wedad Sabri
- Ahmet Zirek
- Feyyaz Duman
- Hussein Hassan
- Rekesh Shahbaz
- Pelyar Adil Hesen
- Hanim Onur
- Mame Cheto
- Etidal Mahmoud
- Salar Bamerni
- Danyar Adil Hesen
- Soleen Yusef
- Stephan Burchardt
- Hannes Bruun
- Paradox Paradise - John Gürtler
- Jan miserre
- Lars Voges
HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF is not only an emotional and attritional journey as a film, the defined goal was very important and formative, too. I know, the saying - The journey is the reward - is often heard, but in effect to experience and to understand it makes films and its work more significant. While we were preparing our film-shooting for HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF in June 2014, a film that is not only be set in the Kurdish area in Northern Iraq but should be shot there as well, the IS attacked within days the town Mossul. In a minimum of time incredible fear and terror were spread again in this region, and we were in the thick of things to shoot our film. The bitter reality we wanted to talk about overwhelmed us extremely, and we were con- fronted with real, tragical facts. We had to postpone our film-shooting for unforeseeable time. Again people of that area were confronted with death, sorrow and flight after a peaceful and hopeful period. Who should be interested in films? Day and night I was busy with reading news and phoning. The questions were – how far the IS had advanced, who had died or survived? After about nearly 2 months of having realized the terror, the IS attacked the next region in Northern Iraq and com- mitted a genocide on the Kurdish Yazidi people in the Sindschar Mountain. Paralyzed with this dark cloud that had overshadowed the whole area even more, people scared stiff. Within 2 months about 2 million refugees had escaped from Mossul and Sindshar, most of them came to my hometown Duhok, that is not even 60 kilometers from there. The local impressions choked throat, head, and heart. What to do with this tragedy? Deeply moved I rewrote the script of HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF. From that day on reality has influenced our formal idea of the film, leading to a better ending in a tragic way. The biography of GULE, ALAN, JAN, LIYA and their father has become realer and more important, and the drive for telling it under such adverse conditions stronger than ever before. A fictive idea became a personal matter, a personal concern an odyssey – and all involved parties could learn and reflect a lot. Looking back I admire the courage and hope of each participant who took part in the development of this story.
A film of impressive veracity, of amusing light-handedness and laconic wit, and of a sadness which makes us speechless with all the pain the war in this part of the world is causing.
Soleen Yusef was born in Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan in 1987. At the age of nine she and her family fled to Germany because of political reasons. After graduating high school she attended the Academy of Stage Arts and was trained as singer and actress. Moreover she worked as a production assistant and assistant director fort he production company mîtosfilm.
In 2008 she started studying feature film directing at the Baden-Wurttemberg Film Academy. Her Film TRATTORIA, which she has made in her third year premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2012.
HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF is at the same time her graduating project and first feature film and has been shooting in spring 2015 in and around her hometown Duhok.