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by Yesim Ustaoglu


The story of an estranged family – two sisters, Nesrin and Güzin, and a brother, Mehmet – who live their comfortable, preoccupied lives in Istanbul. When the siblings find out that their elderly mother, Nusret, has gone missing, they return to their small coastal hometown to find her. As the group journeys through the countryside, they realize that they are strangers in their own land – as ignorant to the ancient Turkish countryside as they are to each other. Most of all, however, they have become alienated from themselves, their dreams distracted by prejudice, nihilism and lazy concessions to the status quo. What starts out as a begrudging trip to find their mother turns into a voyage of self-discovery for the threesome, a poetic reordering of their psyches as the reality of the world around them is reflected back onto themselves.

international title: Pandora's Box
original title: Pandoranin Kutusu
country: France, Turkey, Germany, Belgium
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Yesim Ustaoglu
film run: 112'
screenplay: Yesim Ustaoglu, Selma Kaygusuz
cast: Tsilla Chelton, Derya Alabora, Onur Unsal, Övül Avkiran, Osamn Sonant
cinematography by: Jacques Besse
film editing: Franck Nakache
art director: H.F. Farsi, Elif Taşçioğlu, Serdar Yilmaz
music: Jean-Pierre Mas
producer: Yesim Ustaoglu, Muhammet Çakiral, Serkan Çakarer, Behrooz Hashemian, Setareh Farsi, Natacha Devillers, Catherine Burniaux, Michael Weber, Tobias Pausinger
production: Silkroad Production, Les Petites Lumières, Stromboli Pictures, Ustaoğlu Film Yapim, The Match Factory
backing: Eurimages, CNC, HBF, Media Plus, GFI, Crossing Border Award (Thessaloniki FF)
distributor: Kairos Films (DE), Atalanta (PT)


main awards/selection

San Sebastian Film Festival 2008 The Golden Shell

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