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Araf - Somewhere In Between

Araf
Director: Yeşim Ustaoğlu

Turkey, Drama, 2012, 124 min., turkish with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-13
Pretty Zehra (Neslihan Atagül) and handsome Olgun (Baris Hacihan) spend most of their young lives working in a service station cafeteria near a lonely highway. Their monotonous work shifts are broken up only by sparks of naive expectations of a brighter future. Everything seems transient about their surroundings. The once important industrial area is now a faceless place of economic waste and unemployment. Most of the area's occupants have all escaped to the big city in search of opportunity. But Zehra, Olgun and their friends still remain, caught somewhere in between the past and an uncertain future. Young people will experience a bittersweet rite of passage, leading to both suffering and awakening. But as they say goodbye to their childhood innocence, love and hope will help them to move forward…
 
Awards:
 
2012 – Best Actress Award for Neslihan Atagül in Tokyo International film festival (Japan).
 
About the director:
 
Yesim Ustaoğlu (born 1960) is a Turkish born film director and screenwriter. After completing her architectural studies, she worked both as an architect, journalist and film critic. Prior to the debut of her thirst feature film "Traces" (Isa, 1994), she have already made several successful short films. However, a wide range of international recognition Yesim Ustaoğlu earned after the movie "Journey to the Sun" (Güneşe Yolculuk, 1999) depicting the story of Turkish-Kurdish friendship. The fourth director's film "Pandora's Box" (Pandora'nin Kutusu, 2008) won the best film and best actress awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival. So far she is the most successful film director. Yesim Ustaoğlu was the jury member in Venice film festival in 2002.
Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Yeşim Ustaoğlu

Dir. of Photography: Marc Marder

Music: Marc Marder

Cast: Neslihan Atagül, Özcan Deniz, Baris Hacihan, Ilgaz Kocatürk, Nihal Yalçin