Araf - Somewhere in Between

Zehra and Olgun 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. Zehra dreams that love will take her away from her meaningless job and life. She becomes fascinated by the older truck driver Mahur. As Zehra’s desire for Mahur turns into a tragic first love, her rebellious friend Olgun becomes more and more frustrated, stuck at home, not yet a young man on his own. Zehra and Olgun will experience a bittersweet rite of passage, leading to both suffering and awakening. But as they say goodbye to their childhood innocence all the illusions on which they have built their perceptions of life are shattered. ARAF – SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN competed at Venice Film Festival 2012.

Director's Biography
Yeşim Ustaoğlu, born 1960 in Sarıkamış, Turkey. She worked as an architect and journalist before making several award-winning short films. She had her feature film debut with THE TRACE in 1994, and received international recognition for Journey To The Sun in 1999. Her fourth film, PANDORA'S BOX, received the Best Film and Best Actress awards in San Sebastian in 2008. //

Films (selected): IZ (The Trace, 1994), GÜNESE YOLCULUK (Journey to the Sun, 1999), BULUTLARI BEKLERKEN (Waiting for the Clouds, 2004), PANDORA’NIN KUTUSU (Pandora’s Box, 2008; CE ‘09), ARAF (Araf – Somewhere in Between, 2012)
European Panorama Fiction 2013
Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Turkey / France / Germany 2012
124 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Cinematography Michael Hammon
Editing Mathilde Muyard, Naim Kanat, Svetolik Mica Zajc
Sound/Sounddesign Bruno Tarrière
With Neslihan Atagül, Özcan Deniz, Barış Hacıhan, Nihal Yalçın, Ilgaz Kocatürk, Can Başak, Yasemin Conka
Ustaoğlu Film Yapim Nergis sok. No: 8/7 Kat: 2 Asmalımescit Mah. Tünel – Beyoğlu Istanbul 34430 Turkey T +90 212 249 76 44 F +90 212 245 73 97
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