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Turkey | 2016 | 105 minutes | Mehmet Can Mertoğlu

Going to absurd and darkly comic lengths, a middle-class Turkish couple fake pregnancy in order to convince their community that the baby they are adopting is their biological child in this satire of bureaucratic ineptitude and very questionable parenting.

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Bahar and Cuneyt are about to become parents. They're adopting a baby but, mindful of the social stigma attached to infertility, have decided to pretend that the baby is biologically their own. To bolster this claim, they set about creating a photo album to document the (fake) pregnancy. They stage elaborate photo shoots, complete with (artificial) baby bump, and enlist doctors and nurses at a local hospital to pose (awkwardly) with them in the maternity ward. All is proceeding according to plan until, by chance, Cuneyt discovers that a record of their adoption exists in the files of the local police, threatening to collapse their charade. Albüm is a needle-sharp social satire with multiple targets—the notion of biological authenticity, the flexible approach to inconvenient facts, and our selfie-saturated age in which even our most meaningful life events are less meaningful unless they're photographed. Fans of the Romanian New Wave will appreciate the film's mordant dark humor and austere visual appeal. The film, a Romanian coproduction, features Calin Peter Netzer (Child's Pose) as co-producer and Marius Panduru (Police, Adjective) as cinematographer.

Director Biography

Turkish director Mehmet Can Mertoğlu acts as both writer and director for the projects he has been a part of. He presented his two short films Yorkus and Fer, in 2008 and 2011 respectively. Albüm (2016) is his debut feature-length film.

Sponsored by Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington, Seattle Turkish Film Festival

  • Director: Mehmet Can Mertoğlu
  • Principal Cast: Şebnem Bozoklu, Murat Kılıç, Muttalip Müjdeci, Müfit Kayacan, Zuhal Gencer Erkaya
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Turkey, France, Romania
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Producer: Yoel Meranda, Eytan Ipeker, Cedomir Kolar, Marc Baschet, Danis Tanovic, Oana Iancu, Calin Peter Netz
  • Screenplay: Mehmet Can Mertoğlu
  • Cinematographers: Marius Panduru
  • Editors: Ayhan Ergürsel, Mehmet Can Mertoğlu
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2016 (France 4 Visionary Award), Sarajevo Film Festival 2016 (Best Film, C.I.C.A
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Turkish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: The Match Factory