February 26 - March 3, 2016
SIFF Cinema Uptown | Ends Thu Mar 3
Academy Award Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film
This moving portrait of female empowerment from Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven tells the story of five free-spirited sisters who fight to stick together after a cultural misunderstanding results in them becoming prisoners in their own home.
During the early summer in a village in Northern Turkey, five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate and the fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives.
- Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
- Principal Cast: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan, Ayberk Pekcan
- Country: Turkey
- Year: 2015
- Running Time: 97 minutes
- Website: Official Film Website
- Language: Turkish