Toronto 2016, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2016
Chenaz thinks of herself as modern and liberal. Resident psychiatrist at a hospital on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, she lives with her long-time partner, Cem, in a stylishly appointed home. Valuing each other's independence, Chenaz and Cem appear to think of each other as equals, but as Chenaz spends more time with a work colleague, she begins to wonder if Cem's treatment of her is motivated by love or by a desire for control. Elmas lives with her much-older husband in a conservative household where her place is better defined in terms of servitude than by familial bonds. Under her mother-in-law's watchful eye, Elmas is responsible for all of the household chores, made to play the role of nursemaid, and forced to submit to her husband's nightly sexual desires. Both the women have more in common than it would seem.
Director: Yesim Ustaoglu
Yesim Ustaoglu was born in Caykara and after studying architecture at the Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, she worked as an architect, then as a journalist and a film critic. Before she made her feature film debut The Trace in 1994, she had made several award-winning short films.
Journey to the Sun (1999), Waiting for the Clouds (2003),
Pandora's Box (2008)