The Gulf

Leaving behind a ruined career and a bitter divorce, Selim returns to his hometown Izmir. Unwilling to make plans for the future, he wanders around revisiting his past: family, schoolmates, an ex-lover. He runs into Cihan, a friend from the military service, an idler with a charming energy. As people start leaving Izmir due to a terrible smell caused by a mysterious maritime accident, Selim finds himself gradually drawn to a new world where he will go back embracing the possibilities of life. (Venice International Fillm Critics' Week)

Director's Biography
Emre Yeksan
Emre Yeksan (1981) graduated in film studies from the Mimar Sinan University and from the University of Paris – La Sorbonne. He worked as a producer in Paris and moved back to Istanbul in 2008, where he also started developing his own projects. "The Gulf" is his feature directorial debut.

Film Selection: Körfez (The Gulf, 2017)
2018: CROSSING EUROPE Award - Best Fiction Film
Competition Fiction 2018
Emre Yeksan
Turkey / Germany / Greece 2017
110 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Emre Yeksan, Ahmet Büke
Cinematography Kuba Giza
Editing Selda Taşkın
Sound/Sounddesign Eren Erşipal, Fatih Rağbet, Eli Haligua
Music Ekin Fil
With Ulaş Tuna Astepe, Ahmet Melih Yılmaz, Serpil Gül, Müfit Kayacan, Merve Dizdar, Damla Ardal, Cem Zeynel Kılıç
Producer(s) Anna Maria Aslanoğlu
Istos Film, BirFilm, Homemade Films, Kundschafter Filmproduktion
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice International Fillm Critics' Week 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere

CROSSING EUROPE Award - Best Fiction Film 2018
powered by Linz Kultur & Land Oberösterreich / Kultur
Special Jury Award - €2.500,-