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Film | Eurimages Italia Award

Yumurta Yumurta
Director: Semih Kaplanoğlu

2007, 35mm, colour, 98'
Vers: Turco - Sub: Ita

Eurimages Italia Award Winner

Yumurta is the quintessence of Semih Kaplanoğlu's cinema, made up of silences, long shots and meditations which remind one of the human breathe. In the film the story of the poet Yusuf is told in a dry and honest language that underlines, with rare stylistic subtlety, a man's return to his roots and Turkey depicted in an evolutionary phase of its society.

The poet Yusuf returns to his hometown for the first time in many years to attend his mother's funeral. He is expected in the dilapidated house by the winsome Ayla, whom he did not even know existed. The girl, who has been taking care of his mother for the last five years, asks Yusuf to fulfil her dying wishes and have a holy animal sacrificed in her honour after her death. Hating the passive rhythm of life in the countryside, the man stumbles upon long-lost memories, old friends with whom he has nothing in common, but he is bound to carry out his mother's last wishes. And it is only on the journey to the place where the sacrifice is to be made that he begins to understand that his roots mean more than he was willing to admit.

Screenplay: Semih Kaplanoğlu, Orçun Köksal
Cinematography: Özgür Eken
Editing: Semih Kaplanoğlu, Ayhan Ergürsel, Suzan Hande Güneri
Sound: İsmail Karadaş
Cast: Nejat Işler, Saadet Işil Akosoy, Ufuk Bayraktar

Prizes and selections:
Festival de Cannes 2007 (Quinzaine des Realisateurs), Istanbul International Film Festival 2008 (Golden Tulip for the Best Film), Sarajevo Film Festival 2007 (Best Actress and Heart of Sarajevo: Saadet Aksoy)

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