BROTHERS / KARDEŞLER

Turkey, Germany, Bulgaria 2018  103′ 

Director – Ömür Atay
Script – Ömür Atay
Camera – Emre Tanyildiz
Music – Erdem Helvacıoğlu, Victor Chouchkov
Cast – Yiğit Ege Yaza, Caner Sahin, Gözde Mutluer, Nihal G. Koldaş, Erol Afşin, Cankat Aydost, Mürtüz Yolcu, Yiğit Çakır, Onur Dikmen, Cem Zeynel Kılıç, Ozan Çelik, Ebru Ojen Şahin
Producers – Funda Ödemiş, co-producers Stefan Gieren, Borislav Chouchkov, Ömür Atay
Production – Atay Film, Off Film, Fiction 2.0, Chouchkov Brothers

 

 

Yusuf, who has obeyed the family elders’ decision and set his sister up for an honour killing, and his brother Ramazan who committed the murder, come together after 4 years when Yusuf is discharged on probation from the detention center. Instead of Ramazan, the family has turned in Yusuf, as he was younger than 18 at the time of the murder and would get a reduced sentence. Coming out of prison, Yusuf ends up marooned at the family-run trailer truck park on the highway leading to Iran, where he struggles with his guilty conscience and regret for what he did. Surrounded by the cruelty of traditional moral and religious rules that can turn a child into a murderer, every move he makes is watched over by his family. Entering the lives of two brothers who end up condemned to one another’s destinies, Yasemin becomes the unwilling witness to the honour killing that is kept as a family secret. As Yusuf and Ramazan reckon with their past and their conscience, Yasemin becomes another threat for the family, just like Yusuf.

 

Ömür Atay

Ömür Atay

director

Ömür Atay began his film education at the Fine Arts School of 9 Eylül University and completed it at the Film Direction Department of the Fine Arts School of Istanbul Marmara University. He directed his first short films while still a student at film school. Necropolis is directed in 1998. His short films have been screened at numerous national and international film festivals. In addition to the TV series Bir İstanbul Masalı, Güldünya and Kapaliçarsi, Atay has also directed commercials. In 2006, he directed the Little Red Riding Hood segment of Istanbul Tales, a feature-length film comprised of five intertwined tales.

FILMOGRAPHY

1997 Ruhsar – TV Series
1997 Necropolis – short
2002 Aşk Meydan Savaşı – TV mini-series
2004 Bir İstanbul Masalı – TV Series
2005 Istanbul Tales, segment „The Red Riding Hood“ (Anlat Istanbul, segment “ Kirmizi Baslikli Kiz“)
2006 Rüya gibi – TV mini-series
2009 Kapaliçarsi – TV Series
2013 A.S.K. – TV Series
2018 Brothers (Kardeşler)

 

Awards and nominations

  • 2018 – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • 2018 – Adana International Film Festival