Mustang

  • Screening Dates: 24th March 2016, 8pm  //  7th April 2016, 6pm
  • Starring: Güneş Şensoy
  • Directed by: Deniz Gamze Erguven
  • Running time: 97 mins
  • Rating: M
  • Language: Turkish with English subtitles
Synopsis:

DRAMA: Mustang depicts the life of five orphaned sisters living in a remote Turkish village [Inebolu, Kastamonu], and the challenges they face growing up in a conservative society.  Lale [Güneş Şensoy], the youngest sister and the protagonist, after bidding an emotional farewell at school to her female teacher, who is moving to Istanbul decides with her sisters to walk home instead of taking a van to enjoy the sunny day. Along the way, they play in the water at the beach with their classmates.  When they reach home, their grandmother [Nihal Koldaş] scolds and hits them for their inappropriate contact with boys. Their uncle Erol [Ayberk Pekcan] is equally furious. From then on, the girls are kept from leaving the house, and instead are schooled in making them suitable for marriage. Stifled, Lale looks for the chance to escape.

The event that triggers the family backlash against them at the beginning of the film is based on Ergüven’s personal life.