Motherland

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    Motherland

    Ana Yurdu

    Directed by

    Greece, Turkey

    2015

    96 min

    • Turkish

    Drama

    Tallinn Black Nights FFReykjavík IFF

    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.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Prize - Warsaw FF
    • Best Film (Golden Prometheus) - Tbilisi IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award (National Competition) - Istanbul IFF

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cast
    Esra Bezen Bilgin
    Nihal Koldas
    Fatma Kisa
    Semih Aydin
    Habibe Doygun
    Screenplay
    Senem Tüzen
    Cinematography
    Vedat Özdemir
    Editing
    Adam Isenberg
    Yorgos Mavropsaridis

    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

    Press

    A tour-de-force testament to the current state of Turkish cinema, always fresh and highly inventive.

    Ohad Landesman, FIPRESCI - International Federation of Film Critics

    A female portrait of rare intensity.

    Mariella Cruciani, National Union of Italian Film Critics

    A new twist on the subject of mother-daughter relationships.

    Cineuropa

    The intelligence of Motherland lies in its disturbing ambiguity.

    Quinlan, Rivista di Critica Cinematografica

    Senem Tüzen

    Senem Tüzen

    Turkey

    Senem Tüzen was born in Ankara in 1980 and holds a degree in cinema from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Academy of Istanbul. She directed a number of short films that have been awarded worldwide. In particular, her short UNUS MUNDUS won the Turkish Film Critics Association’s Best Short Award in 2009. The same year, her shortMILK & CHOCOLATE was nominated for the same prize. Besides directing, she also works as an editor, cinematographer and producer. MOTHERLAND is her first full-length film.