Yol - The Full Version

*With the presentation of Donat Keusch

The former director of the Cannes Film Festival, Gilles Jacob, didn’t want to show The Way as it was. For it to participate in the Cannes competition, twenty-seven minutes had to be edited out almost overnight. I convinced Yılmaz to shorten the film radically and to edit the final version with no pressure after the festival. But unexpectedly winning the award eventually changed everything. In 2016, work began on the restoration and digitisation of The Way based on Yılmaz Güney’s script, the English translation of the revised version of the script and the original, 1982 editing plan. In May, 2017, restoration work was successfully completed. Now the film has at last been finalised and Yol – The Full Version can be seen in its originally planned form. Yol – The Full Version honors what the great actor, author, director and producer wasn’t free to complete during his lifetime.

Donat Keusch – Producer

1982 - 2017

Cannes Film Festival - Palme d’Or; Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention; Fipresci Prize
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - Best Foreign Film
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Foreign Language Film of the Year

23rd Festival on Wheels
Yol - The Full Version