Turkey | 2012 | 122 minutes | Reha Erdem

SIFF 2011 Emerging Master Reha Erdem returns to the Festival with this vivid and visually stunning depiction of a teenage Kurdish freedom fighter trekking the Turkish mountains after laying down her arms.

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SIFF 2011 Emerging Master Reha Erdem (Kosmos, Times and Winds) returns to the Festival with this vivid and visually stunning depiction of a teenage Kurdish freedom fighter, Jin. One evening, having decided to lay down her arms, she hugs her comrade and slips away into the forest that blankets the mountains of Turkey. There she finds comfort in the rough beauty that surrounds her, and forges relationships with the animals she encounters–a stag, a falcon, a black bear. In search of civilian clothes, she makes a brief foray into human civilization, where the barbarism she encounters quickly sends her back to the forest. But as the Turkish soldiers always on patrol remind her, not even the forest is entirely free from the savagery of man. Truly stunning camera work captures the splendor of the landscapes and evokes both masterful still photography and beautifully illustrated fairy tales. Deniz Hasgüler is mesmerizing as the title character.

Director Biography
Born in Istanbul, director-writer-editor Reha Erdem completed his film studies between Turkey and France. In 1988, he directed his first feature film, Oh Moon, which was screened in numerous festivals including the Nantes Three Continents Festival. After that, he spent some time directing TV commercials before returning to feature films, including A Run For Money (1999) and Times and Winds (2006).

Sponsored in part by Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey

Director: Reha Erdem
Principal Cast: Deniz Hasgüler, Onur Ünsal, Sabahattin Yakut, Yildirim Simsek
Country: Turkey
Year: 2012
Running Time: 122 minutes
Producer: Ömer Atay
Screenplay: Reha Erdem
Cinematographers: Florent Herry
Editors: Reha Erdem
Music: Hildur Gudnattor
Website: http://www.jin-film.com.tr
Filmography: Times and Winds (2011); Kosmos (2009); My Only Sunshine (2008); Times and Winds (2006); Mommy, I’m Scared (2004); A Run for Money (1999); Oh Moon (1989)
Language: Turkish, Kurdish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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