Journey of Hope (1990): Oscar Winner, Best Foreign Language Film

Journey of Hope, the surprise winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar, is a melodrama directed by Xavier Koller, who co-wrote the script with Feride Cicekoglu.

Inspired by facts, the tale describes the hardships of a family of Turkish farmers, an impoverished couple and their son, who sell all of their possessions in order to fund an escape to  Switzerland, where they hope to have a better life—and find work.

On the road, they are disastrously captured by a group of smugglers, who take them to Switzerland through an illegal and dangerous mountain pass.

“Journey of Hope” was a poignant and timely film, dealing with Europe’s “guest workers” (as they were known.  Inevitably, the film alluded to the problem of Mexican (and other) illegal immigrants in the U.S.

Grade: B

Oscar Nominations: 1

Best Foreign Language Picture

Oscar Awards:

Foreign Language

Oscar Context:

The other contenders in this category were all superior to the winner: “Cyrano De Bergerac” from France, “Ju Dou” from China, “Nasty Girl” from Germany, and “Open Door” from Italy.