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Mustang
February 2021

"While many Turks will find the final salvation distinctly inorganic, few can argue with the director's talent or that of her exceptionally fine, largely unknown cast of young women."-Jay Weissberg, Variety

- Jay Weissberg, Variety

Mustang
February 2021

"Mustang tells a straightforward story of female empowerment, but it’s the way it tells that story that makes it deserving of all the accolades, including an Oscar nod for best foreign language film."-Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic

- Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic

Mustang
February 2021

"Mustang is full of life even as it depicts lives in lockdown."-Nicolas Rapold, NY Times

- Nicolas Rapold, NY Times

Mustang

Mustang

Date: February 21, 2021

Location: Virtual


Mustang is a 2015 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Turkish-French film director Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The film is set in a remote Turkish village and depicts the lives of five young orphaned sisters and the challenges they face growing up in a conservative society. 

Our fourth film, Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015) is available to view online through a number of platforms:

Kanopy (free via Grand Rapids Public Library)
The Criterion Channel (free with subscription)
...it is also available as a paid rental through many other streaming services.

Film Introduction/Moderator: Toni Perrine

Film Intro / Commentary Video: https://business.facebook.com/watch/?v=766871564248070

 

Filmmaker Interviews:

Reviews:

Related Film Recommendations:

  • Girlhood (Céline Sciamma, 2014)  Coming of age story in which a group of African-French teenage girls living in an environment of social disenfranchisement form a sisterhood and attempt to take control of their own destinies.
  • Bliss (Abdullah Oğuz, 2007)  The son of the village elder is unable to carry out the honor killing of a teenage girl and the two set out on a journey away from the constraints of tradition.
  • The Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola, 1999)  Five sisters determined to commit suicide in order to escape the control of their overprotective parents are the object of mystery and fascination for some neighborhood boys.
  • Wandering Girl (Rubén Mendoza, 2018)  Upon the death of their father, a teenage girl meets her three adult half-sisters for the first time and they embark on an enigmatic journey across Colombia.
  • When We Leave (Feo Aladag, 2010)  A German-Turkish woman living in Istanbul decides to leave her abusive husband and return to Germany. Her brother is assigned to kill his sister to restore the family honor.

 

More about Chiaroscuro's 15th Season

2021 Series Theme: Greatest Hits-A Virtual Voyage through the Past

Due to Covid19, Chiaroscuro is going virtual!  We embrace this opportunity to celebrate 15 years of exceptional international cinema and cultural exchange.

We've selected five popular films from our archives, if you didn't see them the first time around, now is your chance.  If you did see them, you know how good they and are likely ready to experience them again!

All films are available for viewing online.  We look forward to each presenter's video introduction and commentary about the films, made available on the website, and lively online discussion with our engaging patrons every other Sunday via social media.  In this unusual time, one thing remains the same for fifteen years straight:  the 2021 series presents an award-winning roster of five celebrated films from around the world. 


Reviews

"While many Turks will find the final salvation distinctly inorganic, few can argue with the director's talent or that of her exceptionally fine, largely unknown cast of young women."-Jay Weissberg, Variety

- Jay Weissberg, Variety

"Mustang tells a straightforward story of female empowerment, but it’s the way it tells that story that makes it deserving of all the accolades, including an Oscar nod for best foreign language film."-Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic

- Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic

"Mustang is full of life even as it depicts lives in lockdown."-Nicolas Rapold, NY Times

- Nicolas Rapold, NY Times

Mustang Official Trailer

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