A Tale of Three Sisters

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    A Tale of Three Sisters

    Kız Kardeşler

    Directed by

    Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Greece


    108 min

    • Turkish


    A TALE OF THREE SISTERS tells the story of three sisters from a poor village in Central Anatolia. The girls were adopted by affluent families as foster children (in Turkish ‘besleme’) in the hope of improving their lives. However, all three are forced to return to the village due to unforseen circumstances. When Reyhan returns home pregnant, her father Şevket hastily marries her off to the poor village shepherd Veysel, who is being treated with contempt not only in the village, but also in Şevket’s home. Havva comes back after the sad but inevitable death of her foster-brother, who has been fighting a terminal illness. A few days after Havva’s return, Nurhan is brought back to the village by her foster-father Necati. For the first time in years, Reyhan, Havva and Nurhan are reunited. Şevket’s greatest challenge is to persuade Necati to take Havva as ‘besleme’ into his home following Nurhan’s departure. With the help of the village mayor, he puts pressure on Necati. Veysel, who also has an agenda to leave as he despises being a shepherd, asks Necati for a job that will take him out of the village. As the three sisters negotiate their new yet familiar surroundings and relationships, Şevket, Necati and Veysel gather around a dinner table, all of which results in a series of unexpected clashes.


    • Golden Tulip for Best Film (National Competition), Best Director Award, Best Actress (Cemre Ebüzziya, Ece Yüksel, Helin Kandemir), Best Original Music, FIPRESCI Award - Istanbul IFF
    • Heart of Sarajevo for Best Director, CICAE Award - Sarajevo FF
    • Best Balkan Film - Sofia IFF



    Cemre Ebüzziya
    Ece Yüksel
    Helin Kandemir
    Emin Alper
    Emre Erkmen
    Çiçek Kahraman
    Giorgos Papaioannou
    Nikos Papaioannou


    A unique work that deftly blends Chekhov and the Brothers Grimm.

    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    A female recentering of Turkish rural history, a celebration of women’s life force and spirit of resistance.

    Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

    A quirky, striking work with impressive production values and and an evocative teeter between fairy-tale and ethnographic realism.

    Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

    Emin  Alper

    Emin Alper


    I don’t think artists and filmmakers should highlight social problems all the time... but we are living in the same society and cannot isolate ourselves from it.

    Emin Alper was born in 1974 in Ermenek, Karaman. Trained in economics and history at Bogazici University-Istanbul, Alper holds a PhD in Turkish Modern History. His first feature, BEYOND THE HILL (2012), received numerous awards including the Caligari Film Prize at Berlinale Forum and Best Film at Asia Pacific Awards. His second feature FRENZY (2015) premiered at 72nd Venice Film Festival's in Official Selection's competition and received Jury Special Prize. Aside from his filmmaking career, Emin Alper teaches modern history in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Istanbul Technical University. His film A TALE OF THREE SISTERS (2019) premiered at Berlinale and won several awards at Istanbul IFF.

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