Pandora’s Box

Turkey, France, Belgium, Germany
director: Yeşim Ustaoğlu
2008 / 112 min. /
cast: Tsilla Chelton, Derya Alabora, Övül Avkıran, Onur Ünsal, Osman Sonant

Today, two sisters and a brother live in the center of İstanbul with very different lives, self-centered on their upper – middle class preoccupations. A phone call brings them together on a voyage to the small town in the Black Sea mountains where they were born. Their aged mother, Nusret, has disappeared. As the siblings start reminiscing about her, the tensions between them quickly become apparent; like a Pandora’s box which is spilled open, all the unresolved disputes are scattered around. They soon learn that Nusret is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and needs their help. It is only the rebellious grandson Murat who emphasizes with Nusret. He sneaks her out of the institution where her daughters have committed her and leads her back to her home in the mountains, to which she desperately wishes to return…

awards: MedFilm Festival 2009: Eurimages Italy Award; IFF Cinemanila 2009: Best Actress; IFF Castellinaria 2009: Best Actress; IFF San Sebastian 2008: Best Film, Best Actress; IFF Fajr 2009: Special Jury Prize, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress; IFF Amiens 2008: Best Actress; IFF Valecieses 2009: Best Actress; IFF İstanbul 2009: Best Actress; IFF Thessaloniki 2006: Best Europian Project; and others.

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