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.