It’s the beginning of the summer. In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • César  Awards, France (2016): Best Debut Film, Best Original Writing, Best Editing, Best Original Score
  • Academy Awards, USA (2016): Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
  • Golden Globes, USA (2016): Nominated for Best Motion Picture in Foreign Language
  • AFI Fest, USA (2015): Audience Award for New Auteurs
  • Cannes Film Festival, France (2015): Europa Cinemas Label
  • Chicago International Film Festival, USA (2015): Audience Choice Award
  • European Film Awards (2015): European Discovery of the Year
  • Hamburg Film Festival, Germany (2015): Art Cinema Award
  • International Film Festival of India (2015): Best Actress Award (Güneş Şensoy, Doğa Zeynep Doğuşlu, Tuğba Sunguroğlu, Elit İşcan, İlayda Akdoğan)
  • National Board or Review, USA (2015): Freedom of Expression Award
  • Odessa International Film Festival (2015): Grand Prix, Best Director
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA (2015): Directors to Watch
  • Philadelphia Film Festival, USA (2015): Archie Award
  • Sakhalin International Film Festival, Russia (2015): Grand Prix, Special Jury Prize
  • Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2015): Heart of Sarajevo
  • Seville European Film Festival, Spain (2015): Audience Award
  • Stockholm Film Festival, Sweden (2015): Best Screenplay
  • Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece (2015): Audience Award
  • Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain (2015): Audience Award, FIPRESCI Prize, Pilar Miro Award, Silver Spike, Youth Jury Award


Deniz Gamze ErguvenDeniz Gamze Ergüven (Ankara, 1978) studied filmmaking at La Fémis in Paris after earning degrees in Literature and African History in Johannesburg. Her graduation film, Bir Damla Su (A Drop of Water, 2006), was selected for the Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation, and won an award in the Leopards of Tomorrow section at Locarno. After graduating from La Fémis, she developed her first feature film project called Kings, which won the 2011 session of Emergence, the filmmaking school founded by Elisabeth Depardieu, and was selected for the 2011 Cinéfondation Workshop and 2012 Sundance Screenwriters Lab. She put the project aside to focus on her second project, Mustang, which she co-wrote with Alice Winocour

7:30 pm
Alfond Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

-- SOLD OUT --


11:30 am
Remis Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston



Directed by
Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Güneş Nezihe Şensoy,
Doğa Zeynep Doğuşlu, Elit İşcan,
Tuğba Sunguroğlu, İlayda Akdoğan,
Nihal G. Koldaş, Ayberk Pekcan

2015 / 97 min.
with English subtitles

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