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by Semih Kaplanoglu


Poet Yusuf returns to his childhood hometown, which he hadn't visited for years, upon his mother's death. A young girl, Ayla awaits him in a crumbling house. Yusuf has been unaware of the existence of this distant relation who had been living with his mother for five years. Ayla has something to ask of Yusuf . Yusuf is obliged to perform the sacrifice his mother Zehra had been prevented by death from fulfilling. Yusuf agrees as he finds himself unable to withstand the passive rhythm of rural life, the spaces imbued with the ghosts and personages of old lovers and friends, nor against the overriding feeling of guilt...

international title: Egg
original title: Yumurta
country: Greece, Turkey
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Semih Kaplanoglu
release date: FR 23/04/2008, HU 18/06/2009, CZ 27/01/2011, GR 27/01/2011, ES 04/02/2011
screenplay: Semih Kaplanoglu
cast: Nejat İşler, Saadet Işıl Aksoy, Ufuk Bayraktar, Tülin Özen, Gülçin Santırcıoğlu, Kaan Karabacak
cinematography by: Özgür Eken
film editing: Ayhan Ergürsel, Suzan Hande Güneri, Semih Kaplanoglu
art director: Naz Erayda
producer: Semih Kaplanoglu, Lilette Botassi, Panayiotis Papazoğlu
production: Inkas Film Productions, Kaplan Film Production (TR), PPV S.A. (GR)


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