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14.-20. januar 2019

Program 2017

motherland

Senem Tüzen’s narrative film debut is an intense chamber play set in a small Anatolian village. Nesrin is writing a novel at her grandmother’s old house, her grandma having passed away. She wants to escape the hustle and bustle of city life in Istanbul. Unfortunately, her conservative mother shows up uninvited and tells Nesrin of her intense disappointment that her daughter is divorced and childless.

MOTHERLAND is a minimalistic film; it is an intelligent and highly nuanced study of a destructive, but not loveless, mother-daughter relationship. The film is at times claustrophobic and leads to a powerful and thought-provoking climax. The film paints a portrait of a land caught between tradition and modernity. MOTHERLAND is also an exciting example of Turkish cinematography.

Program: 
Orginal title: 
ANA YURDU
Director: 
Senem Tüzen
Screenplay: 
Senem Tüzen
Photography: 
Vedat Özdemir
Actors: 
Esra Bezen Bilgin, Nihal Koldaş, Fatma Kısa, Semih Aydın
Run time: 
1 hour 38 min
Year: 
2015
Country: 
Turkey and
Greece
Producer: 
Adam Isenberg, Olena Yershova, Senem Tüzen
Sales: 
Zela Film
Age rating: 
15
Director info: 

Senem Tüzen (b. 1980) studied for a Film Studies degree in Istanbul, and has since worked in many branches of the film industry, from short films to documentaries. Tüzen has directed the short films MILK AND CHOCOLATE and UNUS MUNDUS. MOTHERLAND debuted in Venice in 2015.