| 2015 – 97′ – Drama – A France-Turkey Co-production –
Co-Written by Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice Winocour.
Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven.
Starring Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit İşcan, Ilayda Akdogan.
Winner – 6 César Awards. Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film – 2016 Academy Awards and 2016 Golden Globes.
Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival 2015 Directors’ Fortnight.
In Turkish with English subtitles.
A Cohen Media Group release. |
Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s multi-awarded first feature, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.