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AUTUMN

by Özcan Alper

synopsis

Sentenced to jail in 1997 as a university student aged 22, Yusuf is released on health grounds 10 years later. He returns to his village in the eastern Black Sea region, where he’s welcomed only by his sick and elderly mother. It turns out that his father died while he was in jail and his older sister got married and moved away to the city. Economic factors mean that it’s almost exclusively old people who live in the mountain village, and the only person Yusuf sees is his childhood friend Mikail. As autumn slowly gives way to winter, Yusuf goes with Mikail to a tavern where he meets Eka, a beautiful young Georgian hooker. Neither the timing nor circumstances are right for these two people from different worlds to be together. For all that, love becomes a final desperate attempt to grasp life and elude loneliness - for Yusuf at least.

international title: Autumn
original title: Sonbahar (Herbst)
country: Germany, Turkey
sales agent: Media Luna New Films
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Özcan Alper
film run: 106'
release date: DE 13/05/2010, GR 04/10/2012
cast: Onur Saylak Yusuf, Megi Koboladze Eka, R. Gulefer Yenigul, Serkan Keskin, Nini Levaja
cinematography by: Feza Caldiran
producer: Serkan Açar
production: Filmfabrik Fernsehproduktion, Kusey Film Production (TR)
distributor: Filmfabrik, New Star

main awards/selection

Locarno Film Festival 2008 International Competition
Arthouse Prize
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