"Now it was our turn to wear shapeless, shit coloured dresses." (From the Film)
Five sisters who chose not to be women or children but simply themselves.
First there was the girls' long, tangled hair and the apples stolen from their neighbour's garden, stuffed into their t-shirts thus enhancing their flat chests. Then suddenly, playing with local boys in the sea becomes a punishable event. The unregimented attitude of five orphaned girls living with their grandmother and uncle in the Turkish town of Inebolu, requires them to be captured first between the four walls of a house, then in womanhood and marriages. Even if Mustang seems to be the story of how girls are forcibly transformed into women, it is actually the epic fight of a five headed female monster against undeveloped little women as well as oversized men and their awful looks and accusing whispers at every corner. It's the story of young wild horses, where the female body is not sexualised but is something that belongs with sisterhood, the sea, the plants and the sun. Mustang is France's Oscar nominee and the music is composed by Warren Ellis of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
2015 CANNES EUROPA CINEMAS LABEL, CHICAGO AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD, AFI FEST AUDIENCE AWARD, HAMBURG ART CINEMA AWARD, MELBOURNE, TORONTO
Deniz Gamze Ergüven was born in Ankara, Turkey, and studied literature and African history in Johannesburg and directing at La Fémis in Paris. She directed the shorts Mon Trajet Préféré (2006) and Bir Damla Su (2006). Her first feature film Mustang (2015) was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.