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A Step into the Darkness

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Written by  Atil Inac Avni Özgürel
Cinematography  Atil Inac
Music director  Sabri Tuluğ Tırpan
Screenplay  Atıl İnaç, Avni Özgürel
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Directed by  Atil Inac
Music by  Sabri Tuluğ Tırpan
Director  Atıl İnaç
Budget  280,000 USD
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Produced by  Ayfer Özgürel Avni Özgürel
Starring  Suzan Genç Selen Uçer Serdal Genç
Initial release  17 September 2010 (Turkey)
Cast  Selen Uçer, Suzan Genç, Selim Bayraktar, Serdal Genç, Rana Cabbar
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A Step into the Darkness (Turkish: Büyük Oyun) is a 2009 Turkish drama film, directed by Atil Inac, starring Suzan Genç as an Iraqi refugee who travels to Turkey in search of her missing brother after losing her entire family when soldiers raid their village. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on September 17, 2010 (2010-09-17), has won awards at international film festivals in Ankara, Antalya and Tiburon.



Atil Inac's second feature film A Step into the Darkness was in local theaters on September 17, 2010. The film was premiered at the 33rd Montreal World Film Festival in the summer of 2009, where it was highly praised by Quebecers. It was the opening film of the International Film Festival of Kerala, India. It won the Golden Reel Award for Best Cinematography at the Tiburon International Film Festival in San Francisco and Best Film Award at the South European Film Festival in Los Angeles. “A Step Into the Darkness” was written by Avni Özgürel - Atil Inac and produced by Ayfer Özgürel. It was shot on location in Iraqi cities of Arbil and Mosul, and in Adiyaman, Urfa, and Istanbul, Turkey.


The film tells the tragic story of an Iraqi-Turkish girl, Cennet, who loses her entire family during a US-led operation against insurgents in her village in US-occupied Iraq. She makes a distressing journey through the border between Turkey and Iraq to find her brother who had been sent to Turkey for treatment.

General release

The film opened on general release in 27 screens across Turkey on September 17, 2010 (2010-09-17) at number 18 in the Turkish box office chart with an opening weekend gross of US$11,429.


  • 21st Ankara International Film Festival (March 11–21, 2010) - Best Supporting Actress Award: Selen Uçar (Won)
  • Tiburon International Film Festival - Golden Reel Award for Best Cinematography: Atıl İnaç (Won)
  • 17th Adana "Golden Boll" International Film Festival (Sept 20-26, 2010) - Most Promising Newcomer (actress): Suzan Genç (Won)
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