Controversial Film Mustang Wins Big at Cannes

EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk covered live as the brilliant film Mustang won the Directors' Fortnight Europa Cinemas Prize at Cannes.

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Mustang Wins Directors' Fortnight Europa Cinemas Prize

Mustang is an enticing film about the challenges young women face growing up in Turkey. Variety's editor had this to say about this new hit film:
"Though set in Turkey, shot in Turkish, and telling a Turkish story about the demonization of female sexuality, Deniz Gamze Erguven’s beautifully mounted debut, “Mustang,” has an unmistakable West European sensibility. Whether that’s a good thing or not depends on audience perspective, but while many Turks will find the final salvation distinctly inorganic, few can argue with the director’s talent or that of her exceptionally fine, largely unknown cast of young women. Set in a remote Black Sea village where five sisters are forced to suppress their burgeoning sensuality, “Mustang” will gallop through fruitful festival fields, finding fertile pastures on Euro arthouse screens."

Mustang Synopsis
It's the beginning of the summer. In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them.

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Screenplay: Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice Winocour (Maryland)
Producer: Charles Gillbert (Clouds of Sils Maria, Eden, Summer Hours)
Cast: Günes Sensoy, Do?a Do?uslu, Tu?ba Sunguro?lu, Elit ?scan, Ilayda Akdo?an, Erol Afsin
TRT: 94 Minutes
U.S. Distributor: Cohen Media Group

About Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Born in Ankara, Deniz Gamze Ergüven studied filmmaking at la Fémis after a MA in history in Johannesburg. Her graduation film Bir Damla Su was selected in many festivals (Cinéfondation, awarded at Locarno). Deniz co-wrote her first feature film Mustang with Alice Winocour and directed it in 2014.

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Source: Festival de Cannes

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