The Coop

Turkey | 2016 | 86 minutes | Ufuk Bayraktar

In a Turkish mountain village in the 1950s, Saniye develops fatal tuberculosis and suggests her husband take another wife for the good of the family. Six months later she is mysteriously cured and returns to her family's homeā€”and her husband's new wife.

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In the 1950s, in a village high in the hills of Antalya where ancient stone buildings sparsely punctuate the rolling countryside, a two-room house sits atop a barn, fronted by a chicken coop. There live Saniye, Suleyman, and their three children. One day Saniye is diagnosed with tuberculosis and told she has not long to live. From her hospital bed, she asks her husband to take on a new wife who can care for their children after her death. However, six months pass, and, to everyone's surprise, Saniye is completely cured. She returns to her house, now also home to the new wife, and an awkward cohabitation begins. "You sleep with the children!" the husband directs his first wife upon her arrival, sending them all downstairs to the barn. Later, this arrangement is amended: "I will sleep with her two nights, and you the third. Why are you complaining?" No one is satisfied; jealousy and competition run rampant—until an unexpected turn of events brings the chickens home to roost. This evocative debut film by Turkish actor Ufuk Bayraktar (Climates), who also plays Suleyman, was inspired by the experiences of his own grandmothers.

Director Biography
Turkish actor-turned-director Ufuk Bayraktar makes his feature-length debut with The Coop, which has been celebrated at the Istanbul International Film Festival. As an actor, he has taken a variety of roles in critically acclaimed films such as Destiny (2006), Egg (2007), and Climates (2006).

  • Original Language Title: Kümes
  • Director: Ufuk Bayraktar
  • Principal Cast: Ufuk Bayraktar, Hasibe Eren, Selen Domaç
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere
  • Country: Turkey
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 86 minutes
  • Producer: Ufuk Bayraktar, Ali Adnan Ozgur
  • Screenplay: Ufuk Bayraktar
  • Cinematographers: Yusuf Aslanyurek
  • Editors: Ufuk Bayraktar
  • Music: Gokce Akcelik
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Turkish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP