22-year old Dilan pays for her forbidden love for a young man in a neighbouring village with her life. She has shamed the family and therefore must die at the hands of her own brothers. And as tradition will have it, the killing must be compensated.

Directors Statement

How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing? The preparation took two days and we shot the movie in five days. In the beginning of the project, I invested in the production myself. Later on, during editing, we got financial support from the VAF (Flanders Audiovisual Fund). From shooting till release in Venice it took us about one year. Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”? European cinema is above all realistic and humanistic. European movies concentrate on emotions and relations. At the same time they confront us with a slowness which helps us to get the time we need to process things afterwards. If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen? I would screen FESTEN by Thomas Vinterberg and SHAME by Ingmar Bergman. What is your next project? My next project is called BLUE SILENCE. It’s a feature on which I’ve already been working for two years about an ex-soldier who lives with his wife and their son in a village in the South East of Turkey. The local Kurdish community ignores them, which increases the tensions in the family, especially when another ex-soldier makes contact again with his old friend.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Bülent Öztürk

Written by: Bülent Öztürk, Mizgin Müjde Arslan

Produced by: Hanne Phlypo, Antoine Vermeesch

Cinematography: Hadewych Cocquyt

Editing: Jan Hameeuw, Bert Jacocbs, Pieter Smet

Original Score: Saïd Henareh

Sound: Thierry De Vries

Main Cast: Seyithan Altiparmak, Mizgin Müjde Arslan, Emine Korkmaz

Nominations and Awards

  • European Short Film 2013