A love affair threatened by a barrier as great as itself… Can differences of faith stand in the way of an innocent love affair? Two young people, Esma and Mustafa, fall in love. For them, the future only has meaning if they are together. Failing this, life is meaningless. However, overhanging their love is a barrier unique to the period and location: Mustafa is a clandestine Christian, when everyone including Esma thinks he is Muslim. In the meantime, the Ottoman Empire introduces a series of reforms giving Christians the same rights as Muslims. From this point on, the Church urges secret Christians to reveal their faith. This poses a dilemma for Mustafa: he is caught between his love and the Church.
SELECTED FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt (2011)
Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey (2011)
Director YUSUF KURCENLI
Yusuf Kurcenli was born in 1947 in Cayeli. He is a film director and screenplay writer. He received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Istanbul University. He worked in Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) as producer and director between 1973-1980. He filmed his first feature film, “Ve Recep Ve Zehra Ve Ayse” (And Recep And Zehra And Ayse), in 1983. In later years he made many films and received numerous awards from national and international festivals. He also directed TV series such as “Baba Evi” and “Kursun Kalem”.
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