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ARAF / Araf – Somewhere in Between

ARAF / Araf – Somewhere in Between

Pretty Zehra and handsome Olgun spend most of their young lives working in a service station cafeteria near a lonely highway. Their monotonous work shifts are broken up only by sparks of naive expectations of a brighter future. Everything seems transient about their surroundings. The once important industrial area is now a faceless place of economic waste and unemployment. Most of the area’s occupants have all escaped to the big city in search of opportunities. But Zehra, Olgun, and their friends still remain, caught somewhere in between the past and an uncertain future. Zehra dreams that love will take her away from her meaningless job and life at home with her strict old-fashioned mother. She becomes fascinated by an older truck driver, Mahur, who spends much of his time on the road. As Zehra’s desire for Mahur turns into a tragic first love, her rebellious friend Olgun becomes more and more frustrated, stuck at home, not yet a young man on his own. Zehra and Olgun will experience a bittersweet rite of passage, leading to both suffering and awakening. But as they say goodbye to their childhood innocence, love and hope will help them to move forward.

YEŞIM USTAOĞLU, born in 1960, is an award-winning director from Çaykara, Turkey. She directed several shorts before making her feature film debut with The Trace in 1994. She received international recognition for her 1999 film Journey to the Sun, winning several international awards. // Films (selection): İz (The Trace, 1994), Güneşe Yolculuk (Journey to the Sun, 1999), Bulutlari Beklerken (Waiting for the Clouds, 2004), Pandora’nin Kutusu (Pandora’s Box, 2008; CE’09), Araf (Araf – Somewhere in Between, 2012; CE’13), Tereddüt (Clair Obscur, 2016)

Spotlight 2017


Turkey / France / Germany 2012
DCP / color
124 minutes
OmeU / OV with engl. subtitles

Michael Hammon
Mathilde Muyard, Naim Kanat, Svetolik Mica Zajc
Bruno Tarrière
Neslihan Atagül, Özcan Deniz, Barış Hacıhan, Nihal Yalçın, Ilgaz Kocatürk, Can Başak, Yasemin Conka, Erol Babaoğlu, Feride Karaman
Ustaoğlu Film (TR), CDP (FR), The Match Factory (DE), ZDF/ Arte (DE), TRT (TR)



Ustaoğlu Film
Gazeteci Erol Dernek Sokak,
Yeni Melek Han 17/8, Beyoğlu
34433 Istanbul, Turkey
World Sales

The Match Factory
Domstraße 60
50668 Cologne, Germany

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2012

Österreichpremiere / Austrian Premiere