The Blue wave

Mavi Dalga
Director: Zeynep Dadak, Merve Kayan

Turkey, 2013, drama, 97 min., turkish with english and lithuanian subtitles, V

Deniz and her friends have been apart for the summer and have much to tell each other. The senior boys grew tall, new albums were released, and the natural gas pipeline finally arrived in Balikesir. Yet, the anxieties of university plans remain. When school resumes, Deniz gets closer with her friend Kaya while also growing interested in Firat, the school counselor. She wants to prove that what she is feeling is not “the usual.” She desires a life different from her friends and parents. A song no one has heard, a hopeless love, solitude... Ankara instead of Istanbul, social sciences over natural sciences… A different world, but where exactly?


50th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (2013), National Competition, Best First Feature, Best Script, Best Editing Awards

About the directors:

Zeynep  Dadak was born in Balikesir, Turkey. Zeynep Dadak has studied film. A doctoral candidate at New York University’s Cinema Studies Department, she has been a writer/editor for Altyazi Film Magazine, Turkey’s leading film monthly. Zeynep Dadak has directed and produced various short films/documentaries/music videos since 2001.

After growing up in Uzunköprü, Turkey, Merve Kayan studied at Denison University’s Cinema Department in Ohio. While making films and videos she collaborated with various filmmakers and visual artists in New York and Istanbul as editor and director of photography. She received her MFA in Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego.

Section: Main programme

Screenplay: Zeynep Dadak, Merve Kayan

Dir. of Photography: Daniël Bouquet

Music: Berna Gol, Ekin Sanac

Cast: Ayris Alptekin, Onur Saylak, Bariş Hacihan, Albina Özden, Nazli Bulum