2016 / 105’ / Color / Turkey Germany France
Director: Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Screenplay: Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Music : Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz
Cinematography: Michael Hammon
Art director : Osman Özcan
Editing : Agnieszka Glinska , Svetolik Zajc
Cast : Funda Eryiğit, Ecem Uzun, Mehmet Kurtuluş, Okan Yalabık, Serkan Keskin
Producer : Titus Kreyenberg, Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Marianne Slot
Production: Ustaoğlu Film
A young female psychiatrist from Istanbul starts compulsory duty in a provincial town, where she came by appointment, but not far from the city. During the week she continues her duty in the town, and she comes home to Istanbul on weekends. She maintains a marriage that looks flawless from the outside with her attractive husband Cem, but she feels that there is something that goes wrong inside. On the other hand, at the same time, her relationship with Elmas, a young woman who was brought to the hospital one day, has opened a completely different door to Sehnaz. Elmas, who was about to lose her mental balance, opens up with the help of Sehnaz.
She directed her first feature, The Trace in 1994. She achieved international recognition for her 1999 film, Journey to the Sun, which received the Blue Angel Award and the Peace Prize in Berlin, among other prizes. Her third film, Waiting for the Clouds, was awarded NHK Sundance International Filmmaker’s Award. Ustaoğlu’s fourth film, Pandora’s Box, which tells the story of an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease, won the Best Film and Best Actress awards at San Sebastian. Yesim Ustaoglu, one of the most important female directors of our new cinema, brings a dramatic story to the screen in her 5th feature film.