Clair Obscur

2016/color/105 mins/TURKEY




Category Special Tribute
Director Yesim Ustaoglu
Producer Yesim Ustaoglu, Titus Kreyenberg, Marianne Slot
Screenplay Rachel Tunnard
Cinematography Michael Hammon
Editor Agnieszka Glinska, Svetolik Mica Zajc
Music Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz
Set Osman Ozcan
Costume Senay Citak, Seda Yilmaz
Cast Funda Eryigit, Ecem Uzun, Mehmet Kurtulus, Okan Yalabik, Serkan Keskin, Sema Poyraz
Production Company NA
World Sales Beta Cinema, Oberhaching, Germany
Festival/Awards Toronto 2016, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2016

Chenaz thinks of herself as modern and liberal. Resident psychiatrist at a hospital on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, she lives with her long-time partner, Cem, in a stylishly appointed home. Valuing each other's independence, Chenaz and Cem appear to think of each other as equals, but as Chenaz spends more time with a work colleague, she begins to wonder if Cem's treatment of her is motivated by love or by a desire for control. Elmas lives with her much-older husband in a conservative household where her place is better defined in terms of servitude than by familial bonds. Under her mother-in-law's watchful eye, Elmas is responsible for all of the household chores, made to play the role of nursemaid, and forced to submit to her husband's nightly sexual desires. Both the women have more in common than it would seem.

Director:
Yesim Ustaoglu
Yesim Ustaoglu was born in Caykara and after studying architecture at the Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, she worked as an architect, then as a journalist and a film critic. Before she made her feature film debut The Trace in 1994, she had made several award-winning short films.

Selected Filmography:
Journey to the Sun (1999),
Waiting for the Clouds (2003),
Pandora's Box (2008)