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    France, Turkey, Germany


    97 min

    • Turkish


    French submission for the Academy AwardsToronto IFF

    Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.


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    • Europa Cinemas Label - Directors' Fortnight
    • Grand Prix, Best Director, Best Film (International Competition) - Odessa IFF
    • Lux Prize Finalist 2015
    • Heart of Sarajevo for Best Film, Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress (Ensemble Cast), Audience Award - Sarajevo FF
    • Art Cinema Award - Filmfest Hamburg
    • Audience Award for Best Narrative Foreign-Language Feature - Chicago FF
    • FIPRESCI Award - Valladolid IFF
    • New Auteurs Audience Award - AFI Fest
    • Fischer Audience Award - Thessaloniki IFF
    • Silver Spike Feature-length, Best New Director, FIPRESCI Prize, Sociograph Award, Audience Award - Seminci
    • Audience Award - Seville EF
    • Best Script - Stockholm FF
    • Best Actresses (Gunes Sensoy, Doga Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan) - IFFI Goa
    • Label Europa Cinema, European Discovery - FIPRESCI Prize (Best First Feature) - European Film Awards
    • Best Film, Most Promising Actresses, Heike Hurst Award for First Feature and Cinematography (David Chizallet)- Lumières Awards
    • Best Script, Best Original Score, Best Editing, Best Film Debut - César Awards
    • Best Film - Dublin IFF
    • Media Prize (European Program) - Prishtina IFF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Günes Sensoy
    Doga Zeynep Doguslu
    Tugba Sunguroglu
    Elit Iscan
    Ilayda Akdogan
    Ayberk Pekcan
    Deniz Gamze Ergüven
    Alice Winocour
    David Chizallet
    Ersin Gök
    Mathilde Van de Moortel
    Warren Ellis


    A beautifully mounted story.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    What makes the transfixing film so effective is that the director refuses to portray them simplistically, as misunderstood angels, and she has enough trust in her audience to leave the drama's implicit feminism unstated.

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

    The fear of lost sexual innocence underpins this ebullient sibling comedy-drama with shades of Sofia Coppola.

    Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

    Driven by a sustained rhythm, Mustang showcases a director with an undisputed talent for portrayal.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    Deniz Gamze Ergüven

    Deniz Gamze Ergüven


    In film, there are no borders.

    Born in Ankara, Turkey, based in Paris, France, Deniz Gamze Erguüven studied Directing at La Fémis and Literature and African History in Johannesburg. Her graduation short film UNE GOUTTE D'EAU was selected by the Cinéfondation of the Cannes IFF and awarded at the FF Locarno. She developed two feature film projects: TALES OF VIRTUE, co-written with Alice Winocour and produced by Aurora Films and KINGS, set in South Central Los Angeles. KINGS was selected by the 2011 Director’s Lab of Emergence, where the project was mentored by Olivier Assayas, the 2011 Atelier of the Cinéfondation of the Cannes FF and the IFF 2012 (Istanbul Film Festival) – Sundance screenwriter’s Lab. Her first feature film is MUSTANG. It was awarded with the Europa Cinemas Label at the Directors' Fortnight and won Best Film at the Odessa IFF and Sarajevo FF. It is currently on the run for the LUX Prize 2015.

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