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Araf/Somewhere in Between (Black Pearl Award - Narrative Competition)

Araf/Somewhere in Between (Black Pearl Award - Narrative Competition)

Original Title: Araf
Director: Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Turkey, Germany, France | Turkish
2012 | 124min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic and English
Format: DCP
18+
Araf/Somewhere in Between is the story of those caught between a despairing present and the promise of a free future (araf means ‘purgatory’ in Turkish). It is the story of Zehra and Olgun, two young souls trying to break away from the vicious cycle of dysfunctional families and small-town lethargy. Yet the escape they choose in order to change their destinies will lead to unforeseen consequences.

Zehra and Olgun are confined to a daily routine, working double shifts at a motorway service station. Olgun is deeply in love with Zehra, yet she seems indifferent to his feelings. Outside work, they take refuge in TV-fuelled dreams of a better future, of becoming famous and rich. Their lives are turned upside down when Zehra, at a wedding, meets a taciturn truck driver, Mahur, with whom she starts a secret love affair. New desires and pleasures soon metamorphose into oppressive feelings of shame and guilt as she finally ends up abandoned and pregnant. Olgun, meanwhile, faces a deeper quandary as he tries to cope with the painful truth.

Spectacular winter landscapes from the misty Black Sea coast complement extreme close-ups that accentuate the deftly articulated performances in this highly anticipated new film by Yeşim Ustaoğlu, director of the acclaimed Waiting for the Clouds and Pandora’s Box (which screened at the Festival in 2009). Araf/Somewhere in Between is a journey of ever-evolving hope and despair, and a mirror to help make sense of life and one’s true feelings.

– Özge Calafato

Director,  Yeşim Ustaoğlu

Director,  Yeşim Ustaoğlu

Yeşim Ustaoğlu was born in Turkey and made her feature directorial debut in 1994 with The Trace. She achieved international recognition in 1999 with Journey to the Sun, which received the Blue Angel Award for best European film and the Peace Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. Pandora’s Box (ADFF 2009) won numerous awards, including Best Film and Best Actress at the San Sebastian Film Festival

Cast and Crew

Director
Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Cast
Neslihan Atagül, Barış Hacıhan, Özcan Deniz, Nihal Yalçın, Ilgaz Kocatürk, Can Başak, Yasemin Conka, Erol Babaoğlu, Faride Karaman
Production Company
Ustaoğlu Film, CDP, The Match Factory, ZDF/Arte, TRT
Music
Marc Marder
Producer
Serkan Cakarer, Catherine Dussart, Viola Fügen, Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Michael Weber
Screenwriter
Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Editor
Mathilde Muyard, Svetolik Mica Zajc, Naim Kanat
Cinematographer
Michael Hammon
Art Director
Osman Özcan
Sound
Bruno Tarrière
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