PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

International premiere

Zuhal

Local title
Zuhal, naine lõksus
Title in Russian
Зухаль
Director
Nazli Elif Durlu
Country
Germany, Turkey
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
First Feature Competition
Genre
drama, thriller
Subject
women, relationships, hatred, Society

Meow. Meow. Meow. Streets and homes of Istanbul are always full of lovely cats. When lonely Zuhal hears a cat’s meow somewhere near her rented flat, suddenly nobody believes it may be possible. Neighbours never saw any cat, which does not meow, if someone accompanies hard-working lawyer and teacher Zuhal. Evidently all unfriendly hateful people whisper rumours and gossips about craziness of a suspicious cat lady. Zuhal passionately awaits for arranged romantic date after a very long break and goes mental to find a mysterious cat. She brings a hammer to demolish the wall against prohibitions of angry landowner. But what if there will be no cat in the wall?

Invisible little cat uncovers social problems of hatred, slander, bullying, jealousy and questions dilemmas of unmarried woman in a patriarchal society. It is forbidden to have cat in flat, but also unimaginable for an educated woman to live alone without husband.

After 3 internationally noticed shorts Turkish debutant Nazli Elif Durlu mounts intimate, provocative, absurdist, minimalist, disturbing drama out of truly simple everyday situation. Revelationar Nihal Yalçın (previously casted by Yesim Ustaoglu, Reha Erdem and Zeki Demirkubuz for supporting roles) shines in very first leading performance, which is convincing, humorous and bold. It is pretty rare to see Turkish film about an upper middle class successful independent woman.

Edvinas Pukšta

Director
Nazli Elif Durlu
Screenwriter
Ziya Demirel, Nazli Elif Durlu
Producer
Anna Maria Aslanoglu
DoP
Sebastian Weber
Editor
Bugra Dedeoglu, Selda Taskin
Music
Yusuf Tan Demirel
Production
Istos Film
Runtime
Language
Turkish
Subtitles
Estonian, English
Director
Nazli Elif Durlu

Nazli Elif Durlu on sündinud Ankaras, Türgis. Ta on õppinud filmi ja televisiooni Hollandis ja saanud magistrikraadi Utrechti ülikoolis. On kirjutanud ja lavastanud kolm lühifilmi: „Trust Me“ (2009), „Later“ (2012) ja „The Horse and the Nightingale“ (2013). Õpetab Istanbuli Bilgi ülikoolis filmiteadust. „Zuhal, naine lõksus“ on tema esimene täispikk mängufilm.

Best Film Award, grant of 5000 euros from National Geographic

Screenings

Hall 2 Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening130202 / Zuhal, naine lõksus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsNazli Elif Durlu - Director, Anna Maria Aslanoğlu - Producer, Nihal Yalçın - Actress, Yusuf Tan Demirel - Actor, Sebastian Weber - DoP, Ziya Demirel - Screenwriter, Alexander Lawrence - Music Producer
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Hall Electric Cinema
Screening162201 / Zuhal, naine lõksus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening171501 / Zuhal, naine lõksus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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