Film Notes: Mustang (2015) directed by Daniz Gamze Ergüven

FR-DE-TR-QA / 97 minutes / color / CG Cinéma, Vistamar Filmproduktion, Uhlandfilm, Bam Film, Kinology Dir: Deniz Gamze Ergüven Pro: Charles Gilibert Scr: Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice Winocour Cine: David Chizallet, Ersin Gok Mus: Warren Ellis Cast: Güneş Şensoy (Lale), Doğa Doğuşlu (Nur), Elit İşcan (Ece), Tuğba Sunguroğlu (Selma), İlayda Akdoğan (Sonay), Nihal Koldaş (the grandmother), Ayberk Pekcan (Erol), and Erol Afşin (Osman) Original version: Turkish Release Date: (Cannes Film Festival) 15 May 2015, (Spain) 11 March 2016. Synopsis: Five orphaned, teenage sisters enjoy the summer in their village in northern Turkey, but one day, their romping with male friends is misinterpreted and reported to their family as sexual licentiousness. Determined to keep the girls pure, the family effectively imprisons them, prompting the girls to become even more closely knit as they rebel against their arranged marriages.

Mustang.-Película-europea-peq-320x435 According to Wikipedia, Mustang, the first feature film directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Europa Cinemas Label Award. It won the 2015 Lux Prize. It was selected to be screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. It was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It received nine nominations at the 41st César Awards, and won four, for Best First Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Original Music. Mustang also won the Goya Award for Best European Film this year.

For an interview with Deniz Gamze Ergüven, click here.

Begoña and I went to see Mustang recently. Unfortunately, although I found the issue interesting beforehand, as a film, I must confess that I found it quite boring at the end, for being unnecessarily long and repetitive.

See review at The Hollywood Reporter

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