Pre-Oscar Screening & Q&A 2016 Academy Award Nominee Mustang
Thursday, February 11, 2016
French Entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2016 Academy Awards
Post-screening Q&A with director Deniz Gamze Ergüven and the five lead actresses.
Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015.
Color. 94 min. DCP.
With Günes Sensoy,
Doga Zeynep Doguslu,
In Turkish with English subtitles.
Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls' family. The family overreacts, removing all "instruments of corruption," like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.
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Deniz Gamze Ergüven (born 4 June 1978) is a Turkish-French film director best known for her debut film Mustang.
Ergüven was born in Ankara, Turkey but immigrated to France in the 1980s. She grew up and went to school in France. She attended La Fémis and graduated in 2008.
In 2011 Ergüven was invited to attend the Cannes Film Festivals Atelier to help develop her project, The Kings While there she met fellow director Alice Winocour who was there to develop her first feature film Augustine. After Ergüven was unable to find financing for her film Winocour suggested she write a more intimate piece leading the two to begin work on the script for Mustang.
Her debut film Mustang premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Europa Cinemas Label Award. It later played in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
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