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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. 

The video presentation and discussion are free and open to the public and begin at 2:00pm on Sunday, February 21, 2021 (virtual)

A video presentation by a film scholar takes place on the Sunday date listed above, after viewers watch the film on their own during the week prior to each presentation and online discussion.  Supplemental material about the context of each film, along with other interesting information related to each, will be available to attendees.   Films are available free to Grand Rapids Public Library cardholders (and many other libraries and universities) via Kanopy or similar databases.  Individuals can also find many of the films on commercial streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and others.  In lieu of an in-person reception following the event, we're excited to partner with area restaurants to provide discounts on takeout/delivery items reflecting regional cuisine of the film's origin.  

Video Commentary for Mustang

Film Introduction/Moderator: Dr. Toni Perrine

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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