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by Mete Gümürhan


Living, learning, suffering for their passion: the 26 boys living at the sports academy in the Turkish province of Amasya will endure a lot to realise their wrestling dream. This documentary’s observational camera remains unobtrusive while still allowing us to experience an everyday life at close range - somewhere between camaraderie and competition.

international title: Young Wrestlers
original title: Genç Pehlivanlar
country: Turkey, Netherlands
sales agent: Wide House
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Mete Gümürhan
film run: 90'
screenplay: Mete Gümürhan, Willem Baptist, Aslihan Ünaldi
cast: Muhammed Ceylan, Beytullah Onur, Harun Kiliç, Baran Kendirlioglu
cinematography by: André Jäger
film editing: Ali Aga, Inèz Poortinga
music: Barlas Tan Özemek
producer: Aydin Dehzad
production: Kaliber Film, Kaliber Film [TR], Film Alti [TR]
backing: Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry’s General Directorate of Cinema, Netherlands Film Fund


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Berlinale 2016
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