Araf

Araf - Somewhere in Between

 
Araf erzählt die Geschichte von Zehra und Olgun, die beide in einer Cafeteria direkt an der Autobahn arbeiten. Den Großteil ihres jungen Lebens haben sie hier verbracht und die einzige Unterbrechung ihres tristen Alltags finden die beiden in den Gedanken an eine bessere Zukunft. Als sich Zehra in einen älteren Mann verliebt, der mit seinem LKW öfter an der Cafeteria Halt macht, verkompliziert sich ihr Leben und das Verhältnis zu Olgun. Die Tage der kindlichen Unschuld scheinen beendet und langsam zerbröckeln auch die Fantasien von einem besseren Leben.

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.

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 2017
Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Türkei / Frankreich / Deutschland 2012
color
124 Minuten
OmeU
Drehbuch Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Kamera Michael Hammon
Schnitt Mathilde Muyard, Naim Kanat, Svetolik Mica Zajc
Ton/Sounddesign Bruno Tarrière
Mit Neslihan Atagül, Özcan Deniz, Barış Hacıhan, Nihal Yalçın, Ilgaz Kocatürk, Can Başak, Yasemin Conka, Erol Babaoğlu, Feride Karaman
Produzent*innen Ustaoğlu Film (TR), CDP (FR), The Match Factory (DE), ZDF/ Arte (DE), TRT (TR)
Produktion
Ustaoğlu Film Yapim Nergis sok. No: 8/7 Kat: 2 Asmalımescit Mah. Tünel – Beyoğlu Istanbul 34430 Turkey T +90 212 249 76 44 F +90 212 245 73 97 ustaoglu@ustaoglufilm.com www.ustaoglufilm.com
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2012

Österreichpremiere / Austrian Premiere
CROSSING EUROPE 2013