7. Koğuştaki Mucize is the Turkish movie available on Netflix that everyone is talking about. This melodrama tells the story of Memo, a mentally retarded father unjustly accused of murdering a child, and who is himself separated from his young daughter when he is sent to prison.
Based on a true story?
Spectators were so touched by 7. Koğuştaki Mucize that they wondered if it was inspired by a true story. Not really: this is a remake of a South Korean film, which has won numerous awards in India, the Philippines and Indonesia. Miracle In Cell 7 is said to be based on the story of a man who was falsely accused by a high-ranking military of the murder of his young daughter. He will have spent more than 30 years claiming his innocence, in vain. Interestingly, the South Korean feature film is a dramatic comedy, while the Turkish version preferred to play the emotional card.
A little wonder
Nisa Sofiya Aksongur (Ova) was only eight when she turned 7. Koğuştaki Mucize in 2019. Despite her young age, the girl is already well known in Turkey: she appeared in the series Muhtesem Yüzyil: Kösem, Aglama Anne and Kuzgun.
At its beginnings
It is not the first time that Aras Bulut Iynemli (Memo) has collaborated with director Mehmet Ada Öztekin. It was even the latter who launched his career by choosing him as the headliner in his historic drama Mahmut ile Meryem in 2013. He will also make a brief appearance as a taxi driver in his next film, Martilarin Efendisi (2017). The rest of the story, we know it.
A beautiful friendship
Aras Bulut Iynemli and Sarp Akkaya (who plays the prison director) are close friends in real life. They notably played together in the series Muhtesem Yüzyil (Magnificent Century), broadcast between 2011 and 2014. Nisa Sofiya Aksongur, the little Ova, will herself play in the spin-off, Muhtesem Yüzyil: Kösem.
All roads lead to Netflix
Fans of Netflix productions will recognize two familiar faces in 7. Koğuştaki Mucize. We can indeed find Ilker Aksum (one of the prisoners) in the epic series The rise of the Ottoman Empire, while Yurdaer Okur (the general) appears in season 1 of The Protector (the first Turkish production of Netflix ).