Their spirit would never be broken.
Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Cast: Güneş Şensoy, Doğa Zeynep Doğuşlu, Elit Işcan, Tuğba Sunguroğlu, Ilayda Akdoğan
97 minutes, France/Turkey/Germany, 2015, 15A
2016 Best Foreign Film nominee and winner of the Europa Cinemas Label for Best European Film in the Director’s Fortnight at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, actress and first-time director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang is a heady, emotional and deeply personal story about five young Turkish sisters and female empowerment.
Five free-spirited teenage sisters have been raised in a north Turkish village by their grandmother and strict uncle since their parents’ death. Their seemingly happy existence changes forever when a neighbour reports some innocent fun the girls have with male classmates on a local beach as immoral behaviour to their family.
As the girls’ freedom starts to be stripped away, the bond between the sisters becomes even stronger and they search for ways to rebel against the restrictions imposed on them. Told largely from the perspective of the youngest sister Lale, first-time director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Oscar-nominated Mustang is a heady, emotional and deeply personal story about female empowerment.
Best Film, Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016