Steppe

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    Steppe

    Bozkır

    Directed by

    Turkey

    2019

    87 min

    • Turkish

    Drama

    An ongoing dam project necessitates the evacuation of Ahmet and his nephews’ village. But Ahmet, a recluse whose world revolves around his home and the garden where his wife is buried, refuses to move into a new house despite his nephews’ insistence. Loath to leave Ahmet behind, the nephews ask his estranged son, Harun, to come to the village to prevail on him. However, there is nothing easy about this reunion between a father, who thinks his son blames him for his wife’s death, and a son, who couldn’t stop his father burying his mother in the garden. Harun can’t bear to leave his mother underwater and proposes moving the grave. Though against the idea, Ahmet doesn’t have the strength to argue otherwise and reluctantly agrees. The dam waters are rising fast; time is running out. Will this last-minute decision be enough to put right the mistakes of the past?

    Awards

    • Best Film, Best Director, Behlül Dal Best First Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Film Editing, Best Male Actor (Mücahit Koçak), Film-Yön (Turkish Film Directors’ Guild) - Antalya FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Ahmet Özel
    Hakan Emre Ünal
    Mücahit Koçak
    Ozan Dağara
    Elif Aydın
    Screenplay
    Ali Özel
    Cinematography
    Ümit Çakmaksoy
    Editing
    Ali Özel
    Mahmut Aran
    Yakup İnanlı
    Production
    ReCinema

    Press

    Ali Özel

    Ali Özel

    Turkey

    Born in 1980, in Konya. Özel began his career in film and advertising as a camera assistant in 1997. In 2008, he worked as a cinematographer on THE BOGEYMAN, which was nominated for, and won awards at the Kiev and Adana Golden Boll International Film Festivals, among many others. In 2016, he contributed to the post-production of the award-wining dramaCOLD OF CALANDAR. His debut feature film is STEPPE (2019) which won many awards at the Antalya Golden Orange FF.