13th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival | March 20 - April 26 2014



Somewhere in Between - Araf - Yesim Ustaoglu

Somewhere in Between is the story of two young people caught in a vacuum in their lives, Zehra (18) and Olgun (18). They both work 24-hour shifts in a large motorway service  station where they long for a chance to change and escape their monotonous lives. Olgun dreams of appearing on a TV game show, but is also wildly in love with Zehra and tries tirelessly to impress her. On a winter’s day, Zehra falls head over heels in love with a lorry driver, Mahur (38), who arrives at the petrol station. And the lives of both Zehra and Olgun are turned upside down as a result.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Adana International Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey (2012): Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Nihal Yalçın), Türkan Şoray Best Promising Actress (Neslihan Atagül), Best Promising Actor (Barış Hacıhan)
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival (2012): Black Pearl Award
  • Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan (2012): Best Acress (Neslihan Atagül)
  • SİYAD Turkish Film Critics’ Association Awards (2012): Best Actress, Best Art Director
  • Venice International Film Festival, Italy (2012)
  • Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria (2012)
  • Film From South Festival, Oslo, Norway (2012)


Yesim UstaogluYeşim Ustaoğlu won international recognition for her 1999 film, Journey to the Sun, which received the Blue Angel Award and the Peace Prize in Berlin, among other prizes. Her third film, Waiting for the Clouds, was awarded NHK Sundance International Filmmaker’s Award. Ustaoğlu’s fourth film, Pandora’s Box, which tells the story of an old woman with Alzheimer’s disease, won the Best Film and Best Actress awards at San Sebastian. After screenings at numerous international festivals and winning many awards, the film obtained theatrical release in several countries around the world.

Selected Filmography

Somewhere in Between (Araf, 2012)
Pandora’s Box (Pandora’nın Kutusu, 2008)
Life on their Shoulders (Sırtlarındaki Hayat, doc., 2004)
Waiting for the Clouds (Bulutları Beklerken, 2004)
Journey to the Sun (Güneşe Yolculuk, 1999)
The Trace (İz, 1999)
Hotel (Otel, short, 1992)

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Written and Directed by
Yeşim Ustaoğlu

Özcan Deniz, Neslihan Atagül, Barış Hacıhan

2012 / 135 min.
with English subtitles

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 7:30 pm
Remis Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

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