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Mustang

Deniz Gamze Ergüven
France, Germany, Turkey, Qatar 2015 / 97’

Lale and her four sisters spend their first day of vacation at the seaside in rural Turkey playing innocently with some few boys. This soon turns into a scandal, however, complete with charges of immoral behavior. From that moment on, the girls' enraged family keeps them under lock and key at home, turning the house into a little prison while looking for ways to subdue the girls. The adults figure that the best solution is to find husbands for the young girls in accordance with their conservative traditions. Each of the sisters, who, up to that point, loved freedom and enjoyed a life free of orders, takes a different approach to the obligations imposed upon them by their family and their traditions. The fate of each one also turns out differently. The director manages to avoid making the sort of simple judgments and obvious criticisms that might have otherwise made her film nothing more than a clear-cut, black-and-white take on oppression against women on the periphery of Turkish culture. Mustang is that rare example of cinema that can simultaneously be engaged, lyrical, and harmonious. Much of the credit for this goes to the five young actresses playing the lead roles.

Katarzyna Wolanin

awards

Cannes IFF 2015 – C.I.C.A.E. Award, Label Europa Cinemas

Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Born in Ankara in 1978, Deniz Gamze Ergüven first studied History in Johannesburg and then Film at La Fémis in Paris. Her graduation project, Bir Damla Su, was screened at a number of festivals, capturing an award in Locarno, among other places. Mustang is her first feature film. She co-wrote the screenplay for the film along with the young French director Alice Winocour.

Filmography

2006 Mon trajet préféré (short)

2006 Bir damla su (short)

2015 Mustang

Cast & Crew

director Deniz Gamze Ergüven
screenplay Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour
cinematography David Chizallet, Ersin Gök
editing Mathilde Van de Moortel
music Warren Ellis
cast Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan, Ayberk Pekcan
producer Charles Gillibert
production AD VITAM, CG CINÉMA
sales Gutek Film
language Turkish
colouration colour