Sibel

2018
117 minutes
Unclassified 15+
A rebellious, mute young woman fights back against religious and social conventions in her remote Turkish village, in this enthralling coming-of-age tale.

Ethnography and entertainment come together memorably in the third feature co-directed by Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti. The setting is Koskoy, a village in northern Turkey with distinct cultural traditions, superstitions and an astonishing whistling language that only its residents can understand. In this remarkable place lives Sibel (Damla Sönmez, superb) a rebellious outcast who is speechless but can still communicate in her highly unusual mother tongue. Sibel's marginalised and loveless life takes a dramatic turn when she meets Ali, an idealistic soldier fleeing Turkey's militaristic regime. What evolves is a deeply moving tale of desire, identity and female emancipation. Ecumenical Jury Award, FIPRESCI (Critics) Prize, Locarno.

Captivating and deeply felt coming-of-age fable.
Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
Not only superbly acted by Sönmez, but immersed in a fantastical realm that feels - and is - surprisingly real
. Stuart Muller, ScreenAnarchy

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Mon 10 June
4:30pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 June
2:45pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
Features
Year
2018
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
France, Germany, Luxembourg, Turkey
Language
In Turkish with English subtitles
Director
Çağla Zencirci, Guillaume Giovanetti
Producer
Rani Massalha, Marie Legrand, Michael Eckelt, Christel Henon, Marsel Kalvo
Cast
Damla Sönmez, Emin Gürsoy, Erkan Kolcak Köstendil
Screenwriter
Çağla Zencirci, Guillaume Giovanetti
Cinematographer
Eric Devin
Editor
Véronique Lange
Genre
Disability, Women Directors, Gender & Sexuality, Asia, Cinephile, Festival Award Winners, Focus on Women, Middle East, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
World Sales: Pyramide International
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