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by Asli Özge


Nisantasi is a classy Istanbul residential district. Its inhabitants may be rich and beautiful but they are not necessarily happy. This is the case for 52-year-old architect Can and his wife Ela, an artist who is already past her creative prime. Their daughter Nil has left home to study in Ankara. Left to their own devices, the couple realise that their passion for each other is not what it once was. Nonetheless they both feel secure in the safe harbour of a marriage which places no demands for critical questions or complex explanations. One day, Ela happens to overhear her husband talking on the phone.

international title: Lifelong
original title: Hayatboyu
country: Turkey, Germany, Netherlands
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Asli Özge
film run: 102'
screenplay: Asli Özge
cast: Defne Halman, Hakan Cimenser, Gizem Akman
cinematography by: Emre Erkmen
film editing: Asli Özge, Natali Barrey
producer: Nadir Operli
co-producer: Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Bero Beyer, Mete Gümürhan, Michael Reuter, Rebekka Garrido, Enis Köstepen, Töre Karahan
production: Razor Film Produktion, Augustus Film, Kaliber Film, The Post Republic, Bulut Filmand, Sodamedya Interactiv/Turkey
backing: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
distributor: Zootrope Films
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Berlinale 2013 Panorama Special

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