by Atif Yilmaz
Written by Atif Yilmaz
and Gul Dirican based on Sukran Kozali’s novel, "Muziksiz Kadinlar"
Cast: Mujde Ar, Metin Akpinar, Nurgul
Yesilcay, Onur Unsal, Fikret Hakan, Fusun Demirel, Sevket
Coruh, Eylem Yildiz, Nilufer Aydan, Mehmet Esen, Esra Aymutlu, Pinar
Ogun, Kivanc Baskan, Hakki Gulturk
2006, 117 min.
In Turkish with English subtitles
The story of
"Borrowed Bride" suggests, until the 1930's,
experienced women, under strict rules, were hired, or
"borrowed", to prepare young men for marriage.
Atif Yilmaz's film on the subject caused controversy in
Turkey and started a fierce debate on whether the
tradition of borrowed brides even existed. Emine, while
waiting for her lover to be released from prison, is
offered the job of preparing an Aegean town mayor's
virginal son, Ali, for marriage. As she tutors the young
man, the pair fall in love. Aware of the impasse, Emine
struggles to keep to the borrowed brides' code, but Ali
is defiant and refuses to relent to his family's plans
for his marriage. The film brings together Turkish
cinema's legendary stars such as 1980's beauty queen
Mujde Ar, along with Fikret Hakan, Metin Akpinar, and
Nilufer Aydan with a younger generation of actors.
Nurgul Yesilcay portrays an unforgettable character as
"Emine". Borrowed Bride was Atif Yilmaz's
114th film, and sadly, his last. The director passed
away in May 2006 at the age of eighty.
Festivals and Awards:
Istanbul Film Festiva
(2005)l: Non-competition section
Adana Film Festival (2005):
Music: Atilla Ozdemiroglu,
Best Upcoming Actress: Eylem Yildiz
Best Upcoming Actor: Onur
Osian's-Cinefan Festival of Asian Cinema,
India (2005): Special Screenings
Alexandria Film Festival,