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A Tale of Three Sisters

Emin Alper
Kız Kardeşler
Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Greece 2019 / 108’
A First Farewell Abou Leila

A sleepy, fairy-tale village in the mountains of central Anatolia. Poverty now dominates where a mine once flourished. Which is why the widowed patriarch of a family sends his daughters to the city, where they work in a disappearing profession known as belsame, i.e., as adopted sisters who take care of the children of wealthy families. Each of the three girls—20-year-old Reyhan, 16-year-old Nurhan and 13-year-old Havva—is entirely unique and brings home different stories. In time, they are all sent back from the city. The youngest when the child entrusted to her dies, the middle sister because of her recalcitrance, and the oldest to get married. Now, with the whole family together again, previously suppressed secrets and desires come to the surface. In his latest film, Emin Alper, the director of Beyond the Hill and Frenzy, paints a picture of a magical land based on his own memories, while describing the character of the Turkish provinces and, above all, the world of human emotions.

Adam Kruk


Istanbul IFF 2019 – Golden Tulip, Best Director, Actress, Music, FIPRESCI Prize

Emin Alper

One of Turkey’s most talented contemporary directors. He was born in 1974 in Ermenek, and he studied economics and history in Istanbul, where he received a doctorate and still lectures. His debut film, Beyond the Hill, was an award winner in Berlin, Karlovy Vary and Sarajevo, while his next project, Frenzy, won the Special Jury Prize in Venice. His latest film, inspired by Chekhov, triumphed at the festival in Istanbul, where it took home five awards.


2012 Za wzgórzem / Tepenin ardi / Beyond the Hill

2015 Blokada / Abluka / Frenzy

2018 Opowieść o trzech siostrach / Kız Kardeşler / A Tale of Three Sisters

Cast & Crew

director Emin Alper
screenplay Emin Alper
cinematography Emre Erkmen
editing Çiçek Kahraman
music Nikos Papaioannou, Giorgos Papaioannou
cast Cemre Ebüzziya, Ece Yüksel, Helin Kandemir, Müfit Kayacan
producer Nadir Öperli, Muzaffer Yıldırım
production Liman Film, NuLook Production
Polish distributor Aurora Films
language Turkish
colouration colour