Starting in January at The Loft Cinema:
Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s acclaimed debut feature, France’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, is an unforgettable and hauntingly beautiful portrait of female empowerment.
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. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives. Co-written by Ergüven and Alice Winocour, Mustang is a sensitive and powerful portrait of sisterhood and burgeoning sexuality that signals the emergence of a singular and fierce new voice in Turkish cinema. (Dir. by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015, Turkey/France, in Turkish with subtitles, 94 mins., Not Rated)