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SOMETHING USEFUL

by Pelin Esmer

synopsis

Leyla (42), a lawyer and a poet, takes the long-distance train to attend her high school reunion dinner. On the train, she meets Canan (21), a young nursing student in distress. As the conversation develops, Leyla learns that Canan is travelling to assist with the suicide of a paralysed man, Yavuz (45), who wants to die. At the end of the long over- night trip, surrounded by the stories of people both on and off the train, Leyla decides to accompany Canan on her difficult visit.

international title: Something Useful
original title: Ise yarar bir sey
country: Turkey, France, Germany, Netherlands
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Pelin Esmer
film run: 107'
screenplay: Pelin Esmer, Baris Bicakci
cast: Öykü Karayel, Başak Köklükaya, Cüneyt Yalaz, Yigit Özsener
cinematography by: Gökhan Tiryaki
film editing: Pelin Esmer, Evren Lus
art director: Elif Tasçioglu
producer: Pelin Esmer, Marsel Kalvo
co-producer: Mehmet Aktas, François D'Artemare, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings, Frans Van Gestel
executive producer: Yonca Erturk
associate producer: Dilde Mahalli, Nefes Polat
line producer: Janna Heine
production: Sinefilm, Mars Production, Les Films de l'Après-midi, Topkapi Films, Mîtosfilm

main awards/selection

Black Nights 2017Competition, Best Script
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