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Deniz Gamze Ergüven / Feature Narrative / Turkey, France, Germany, Qatar / 2015 / 100 min / Colour / Original Language: Turkish / Interests: Women, Drama


A village by the Black Sea, far from Istanbul. When they play a game in which they sit on boys’ shoulders, five girls from the same family trigger a little scandal with unpredictable consequences. As this episode rushes them out of childhood, their home becomes a wife plant with security isolation. Every outburst of their femininity is answered by the erection of higher walls. The girls are beaten and bonded into marriage. Lale, the youngest, refuses anything that threatens her liberty. Her drive for freedom culminates in a trial of strength with her growingly conservative family. It turns out that the obsession for these virtue parallels a sexual obsession, and once they discover this, the remaining girls make an epic attempt to break free.


Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour
Charles Gillibert
Production Company
CG Cinema
Production Company
CG Cinema

About the Director

Deniz Gamze Ergüven was born in Ankara and lives in Istanbul. She studied Filmmaking at La Fémis in Paris, and Literature and African History in Johannesburg. Her graduation film, 'Bir Damla Su’, was selected for numerous festivals, including the Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation, and won an award at Locarno. She has developed two feature films: ‘Mustang’, co-written with Alice Winocour, and ‘Kings, winner of Emergence in 2011, and which participated in the Cinéfondation Workshop in 2011 and the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab in 2012.

Awards and Festival History


Toronto Internationa Film Festival 2015
Chicago International Film Festival 2015
Mill Valley Film Festival 2015
Dubai International Film Festival 2015, Cinema of the World
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015, Another View


Label Europa Cinemas Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2015, Directors' Fortnight (WP)
Best Original Scenario, Best First Film, Best Music Score and Best Editing, Cesar 2016
France's Official Submission for the 2016 Academy Awards - Best Foreign Language Film


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    Charles Gillibert

    +33 1 84 17 35 08

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