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by Semih Kaplanoglu


A high school graduate, Yusuf could not pass the university entrance exam. Writing poetry is his greatest passion and some of his poems are being printed in various obscure literary journals. But neither these poems, nor the rapidly falling price of the milk they sell, are being of any benefit to Yusuf and Zehra’s lives. When Yusuf finds out about Zehra’s secret affair with the town’s stationmaster he gets disconcerted. Will he find the way to cope with his anxiety for the unknown future, the rapid change that he is going through and the pain of taking a step into adulthood and leaving his youth behind?

international title: Milk
original title: Süt
country: France, Turkey, Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Semih Kaplanoglu
release date: PL 03/04/2009, HU 10/12/2009, DE 14/01/2010, FR 22/09/2010, ES 04/02/2011
screenplay: Semih Kaplanoglu, Orçun Köksal
cast: Melih Selçuk, Başak Köklükaya
cinematography by: Özgür Eken
film editing: François Quiqueré
art director: Naz Erayda
producer: Semih Kaplanoglu
production: Heimatfilm GmbH + Co. KG, Kaplan Film (TR)
backing: Turkish Ministry of Culture, CNC, World Cinema Fund, Filmstiftung NRW, Tire Municipality


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Venice 2008 In Competition

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