|Camillia Mahal as Jina|
Mardookhi, 35, was born in Iran and immigrated to Vancouver in 2010. It took the director roughly two years to pen the script. From the beginning, he had Yamolky in mind for the role of the father. Finding the right person for the female lead proved harder.
For a man who has just started his film career, Yamolky has mastered several of the arts a successful actor needs: timing, self-assurance, and the ability to draw the spotlight to him like a candle draws a moth.
|Kamal Yamolky: stunning first role|
If Yamolky had found himself in California in his early twenties, instead of Kurdistan, then engineering might have lost him but the movie industry would have benefited.
“I didn’t say nice things to her, like I said to the others on set – I wanted her to stay in character – and I think it worked. She was the right choice,” says Mardookhi.
“This movie is made with [almost] no budget, but so many hearts were in it,” says Mardookhi.
If you are in Vancouver, or visiting there, go and see Turbulence. You will not be disappointed.