Ana Yurdu

North America Premiere

Motherland | Ana Yurdu

Motherland is a subversive and uncompromising portrait of a woman torn apart by love and hatred for her mother, and struggling to reconcile the same cultural schisms that divide modern Turkey. Nesrin is an upper-middle class urban woman recovering from divorce. She had quit her office job, abandoned her house in Istanbul, and came to her parent’s old village in Anatolia to finish a novel and live out her childhood dream of being a writer. When her conservative and increasingly unhinged mother turns up uninvited and refuses to leave, Nesrin’s writing stalls and her fantasies of village life turn bitter as the two are forced to confront the darker corners of each other’s inner worlds.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey (2016): Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best CInematography, Best Editing, SIYAD Turkish Film Critics' Association Best Film Award
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey (2016): FIPRESCI Award
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia (2015): Best Screenplay
  • Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland (2015): FIPRESCI Prize, NETPAC Award
  • Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey (2015): Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actress (Nihal Koldaş), SIYAD Turkish Film Critics’ Association Best Film Award, Film-Yön Best Director Award
  • Tbilisi Film Festival, Georgia (2016): Best Film Award
  • Venice Film Festival, Italy (2015)


Senem TuzenSenem Tüzen (Ankara, 1980) holds a degree in Cinema & Television from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Academy, Istanbul. She co-founded the production company, Zela Film. Her short film, Unus Mundus, won the Best Short Film Award of the Turkish Film Critics’ Association (SIYAD). Motherland is her debut feature. The project was awarded at co-production markets in Istanbul, Thessaloniki and Cottbus.


Motherland / Ana Yurdu (2015)
Milk and Chocolate / Süt ve Çikolata (short, 2008)
Unus Mundus (short, 2007)
Rats / Fareler (short, 2005)
Ali’s Dream / Ali’nin Düşü (short, 2004)

8:00 pm
Remis Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston


Motherland | Ana Yurdu

Directed by
Senem Tüzen

Esra Bezen Bilgin, Nihal Koldaş

2015 / 100 min.
with English subtitles

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