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The Gulf

OT: Körfez

Emre Yeksan // Turkey, Germany, Greece, 2017
Fiction Feature // FF2017
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Out of work and freshly divorced, Selim returns to his home town of Izmir. He refuses to make plans for the future and roams around aimlessly. Wherever he goes, he is confronted by the past: in his family and with former classmates, he meets an ex-girlfriend and an old acquaintance from his days in the army. When after an accident in the harbour a caustic stench pervades the town, many of the inhabitants leave. Selim stays – and recognizes ever more clearly what opportunities life has to offer. The Gulf can be seen as a parable on the current situation in Turkish society and asks the question how much hope is left for individuals in a world of ever-present apocalyptic scenarios.


EMRE YEKSAN (*1981) studied film sciences at the Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul and at the Sorbonne in Paris. He worked as a producer in Paris and in 2008 moved back to Istanbul. The Gulf is his directorial debut.




Fiction Feature



Turkey, Germany, Greece


114 min

OV with English subtitles

Emre Yeksan

Emre Yeksan, Ahmet Büke

Ulaş Tuna Astepe, Ahmet Melih Yılmaz, Serpil Gül, Müfit Kayacan, Merve Dizdar

Anna Maria Aslanoglu; Asli Filiz; Dirk Engelhardt; Maria Drandaki

Jakub Giza

Selda Taşkın

Ekin Fil

Serdar Yilmaz

Istos film; Bir Film; Kundschafter Filmproduktion; Homemade Film

Anna Maria Aslanoğlu, Istos film: annamaria@istosfilm.com

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