Clair Obscur

Turkish writer-director Yeşim Ustaoğlu offers a parallel study of two women – a psychiatrist with a long-time live-in partner and a wife in a conservative, nearly tyrannical household – in this study of the possibilities and limitations that exist for women in Turkey today. In her most politically charged film to date, Turkish writer-director Yeşim Ustaoğlu revisits her previous films’ themes of alienation and the longing to escape, viewing them through a distinctly female lens. In Clair Obscur, a film about the lives of two women from opposing worlds, Ustaoğlu explores the different possibilities and limitations that exist for women in Turkey today. […] As Ustaoğlu intercuts and eventually intersects Chenaz and Elmas’ stories, we begin to understand that their lives may have more in common than it appears at first glance. (Kerri Craddock, Toronto International Film Festival)

Director's Biography
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 · Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2017
Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Turkey / Germany / Poland / France 2016
105 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Cinematography Michael Hammon
Editing Agnieszka Glińska, Svetolik Mica Zajc
Sound/Sounddesign Guido Zettier, Bruno Tarrière
Music Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz
With Funda Eryiğit, Ecem Uzun, Mehmet Kurtuluş, Okan Yalabık, Serkan Keskin, Sema Poyraz
Producer(s) Yeşim Ustaoğlu (Ustaoğlu Film, TR), Titus Kreyenberg (unafilm, DE), Klaudia Smieja, Eliza Oczkowska (Aeroplan Film, PL), Marianne Slot (slot machine, FR)
Ustaoğlu Film Gazeteci Erol Dernek Sokak, Yeni Melek Han 17/8, Beyoğlu 34433 Istanbul Turkey ustaoglu@ustaoglufilm.com www.yesimustaoglu.com
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere 
Toronto International Film Festival 2016

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere