Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 11, 2015 5:15 PM
Rafael 2 Mon, Oct 12, 2015 2:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:94 min
Premiere Status:US
Director:Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Producer:Charles Gillibert
Screenwriter:Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Alice Winocour
Cinematographer:David Chizallet
Ersin Gok
Editor:Mathilde Van de Moortel
Cast:Gunes Sensoy
Dogba Doguslu
Tugba Sungurglu
Elit Iscan
Ilayda Akdogan
Erol Afsin
Print Source:Cohen Media Group
Note Writer:Rod Armstrong


Five beautiful sisters contend with social and cultural strictures in this beautifully directed debut film. In a Turkish village situated along the Black Sea, Lale and her older siblings celebrate school’s end by frolicking in the sea with some male classmates. At home, their grandmother and uncle find nothing playful in this harmless activity and set about finding eligible bachelors to marry them. There are shades of Pride and Prejudice, with the focus on the betrothal of a quintet of young women, but Ergüven is more attentive to the siblings and their affection for one another than in their suitors. Her visual eye is perfect, from the casual overlap of limbs as the girls sprawl on a bed to the way their home gradually becomes a prison as the adults construct yet more barriers to escape. Though Mustang’s focus is delicate and intimate, its themes and ramifications are nothing short of revolutionary.

Additional Information

Born in Ankara in 1978, Deniz Gamze Ergüven was raised between France, Turkey and the United States. A compulsive cinephile, she studied directing at La Fémis in Paris, after a BA in literature and an MA in African History at Johannesburg. Her graduation film, Bir Damla Su (Une goutte d'eau), screened at the Cannes Festival Cinéfondation and won a Leopards of Tomorrow award at Locarno. After graduating from La Fémis, Ergüven began developing Kings, a debut feature set in South Central Los Angeles during the 1992 riots that was selected by Emergence, the Cinéfondation Workshop, and Sundance Screenwriters Lab. That project was set aside to produce Mustang, co-written with Alice Winocour, which was shot around Inebolu in northern Turkey.