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Turkey, 2010 (MIFF 2011, International Panorama)

Director: Seren Yüce


Winner of Best First Feature at the Venice Film Festival.

Twenty-one years old and still living under the brutish dominion of his father, perpetual screw-up Mertkan makes decisions or, more generally, doesn't, based on the path of least resistance. When Mertkan meets a Kurdish waitress, he's offered relief from his soul-sucking routine, but complacency and the racist suspicions of his father threaten to destroy his newfound happiness.

Seren Yüce's debut feature is a scathing broadside at the patriarchal family politics and gender dynamics still so evident in contemporary Istanbul. Expertly edited by Mary Stephen (The Romance of Astrea and Celadon, MIFF 2008; The Last Train Home), and sparkling with wry humour, Majority is a compelling and simply told portrait of a Turkey still wrestling with the conditions of its own modernity.

Majority editor Mary Stephen is a guest of the Festival.

D/S Seren Yüce P Sevil Demirci, Önder Çakar WS The Match Factory L Turkish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

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