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Meetings on the Bridge
Motherland

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Motherland (Ana Yurdu)

Directed by Senem Tüzen

  • Greece, Turkey 2015; 96 min
  • Original version: Turkish
  • Genre: Drama
    • FIPRESCI Prize - Warsaw FF
    • Best Film (Golden Prometheus) - Tbilisi IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award (National Competition) - Istanbul IFF

  • Tallinn Black Nights FF
    Reykjavík IFF


  • From the director of MY BROTHER'S ARMY presented at Meetings on the Bridge

Synopsis

Nesrin is an urban, middle-class woman recovering from a divorce. She’s quit her office job, abandoned her house in Istanbul, and come to the village house of her deceased grandmother to finish a novel and live out her childhood dream of being a writer. When her conservative and increasingly unhinged mother turns up uninvited and refuses to leave, Nesrin’s writing stalls and her fantasies of village life turn bitter as the two are forced to confront the darker corners of each other’s inner worlds.

Director's Statement

MOTHERLAND is set in Turkey, where millions of people—like Nesrin, the film's main character—have grown up in modern cities after their parents migrated from traditional villages. The outlooks and expectations of many of these children are often far from the traditional and religious ways of their parents. In modern Turkey, this conflict makes it hard for some people to integrate their family's influence and that of the modern society they grew up in. This is especially true for young women in Turkey. With this film my aim has been to explore the nature of the mother-daughter relationship while examining the specific psychological complexities one faces as a daughter in Turkish society.

Production

  • ZELA FILM

    Adam Isenberg