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Mustang

Five willful young Turkish women clash against tradition and their own family in this vibrant, award-winning drama about growing up and running free in a society and a household tries to tie you down.

In the beginning, Lale and her sisters are a force of nature, shining as bright as the summer sun above and embracing life with the unwavering energy of the waves that lap the shores of their small coastal village. When an innocent afternoon in the company of some boys scandalizes the girls’ grandmother and uncle, the sisters find their cherished freedom — along with their cell phones, laptops, and anything else that might have a “corrupting” influence — taken away from them. Locks appear on all the doors, and when suitors deemed appropriate by the girls’ uncle begin appearing on their doorstep, the home is transformed into what young Lale calls “a wife factory.” The girls struggle against their captivity with the resilience of their spirits vying against the desperate nature of their situation. In a cinematic turn that conjures the incredible spirit of films like Sophia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, first time director Deniz Gamze Ergüven beautifully portrays her protagonists’ plight with great sensitivity, passionately celebrating the sisters while railing against the patriarchal society that seeks to stifle their voice.

DIRECTOR: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
CAST: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Elit Iscan
LANGUAGE: Turkish
COUNTRY: France, Germany, Turkey, Qatar
YEAR: 2015
LENGTH: 97 min

IN COMPETITION: First Feature Award, Best Narrative Feature
Sunday, October 25
 

2:15pm EDT

 
Sunday, November 1
 

7:30pm EST