Hazal’s greatest wish is to have a life. In spite of many applications, she isn’t invited to a single job interview. Instead, she is stuck in a Job Centre training program that fails to open up any new opportunities for her. But on her 18th birthday, Hazal feels powerful. It is like the old days when she and her friends believed they could achieve anything as long as they stuck together. It’s only when they’re queueing to get into a hip club that Hazal feels they don’t belong there. And she’s right. The bouncer refuses to let them in. On their way home, they’re verbally abused by an arrogant student. The situation escalates, Hazal’s frustration about all the rejections erupts into a fatal act. Hazal flees headlong to Istanbul, a strange city in a country unknown to her. (Berlinale)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Ellbogen (Elbow, 2024) - Dil Leyla (2016, doc; CE17), Insel 36 (2014, doc)
YAAAS! Competition · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2024
Aslı Özarslan
Germany / Turkey / France 2024
86 minutes
German / Turkish
OV with German subtitles / OV with English subtitles

Screenings / Tickets

Film guest(s) present: Aslı Özarslan (Director)

Film guest(s) present: Aslı Özarslan (Director), Melia Kara (Actor)

Film guest(s) present: Aslı Özarslan (Director), Melia Kara (Actor)

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Screenplay Claudia Schaefer, Aslı Özarslan
Cinematography Andaç Karabeyoğlu-Thomas
Editing Ana Branea, David J. Achilles
Sound/Sounddesign Moritz Corell, Andreas Radzuweit, David Almeida-Ribeiro
Music Delphine Mantoulet
With Melia Kara, Doğa Gürer, Jale Arıkan, Haydar Şahin, Orhan Kiliç
Producer(s) Jamila Wenske, Jutta Feit, Guillaume Dreyfus, Delphine Schmit, Julia Peters, Anna-Maria Aslanloğu
Achtung Panda!, Istos Film, Tripode Productions, jip film&verleih
World Sales
ArtHood Entertainment
Austrian Premiere
Austrian Rights
jip film & verleih
World Premiere
Berlinale 2024


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