Turkey has selected Can Ulkay’s debut feature Ayla: The Daughter of War as its candidate in the race for best foreign-language film in the Oscars.
Ayla is based on the true story of Kim Eun-ja and Süleyman Dilbirliği, whose real-life reunion was shown in the 2010. In casting held in South Korea in 2016, child actress Kim Seol, who had previously played the role of Jin-ju in the popular South Korean television series Reply 1988, was chosen for the role of young Ayla. Ko Eun-min played the role of young Ayla’s mother. The film was sponsored by Turkish Airlines, with support from Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Most filming was carried out in Turkey. Filming in Turkey was completed in June 2017.