"Zuhal: Are we scared of this place? Ali: No, why would we be!" ( From the film)
Is there a refuge from this big big world?
Ali and Zuhal grew up in an orphanage believing they were siblings. When they have to enter the real world, Ali becomes a motorbike mechanic and lives in a dorm while Zuhal ends up with a foster family who won't let her see her brother. Ali won't give up, and becomes increasingly agitated. When he learns that the foster father is preparing to take Zuhal as a second wife, he breaks in, stabs the family members and rescues his sister. They take off on his bike, into a forest where they find refuge. There, the film turns into something else. And, after a while, something else again. Reha Erdem never ceases to surprise his audience. The storyline and visuals don't quite deliver what the earlier scenes lead you to expect: The film gradually becomes more and more magical. Erdem once again introduces us to beautiful human creatures not fit for this big, cruel world, and lets us imagine another one dominated by the sounds, visions and spirits of the forest. He subtly reminds us of the magic behind that primal longing that we feel every day.
2016 VENICE, TOKYO, THESSALONIKI, ADANA (BEST FILM)
Reha Erdem was born in 1960, in Istanbul. He studied Cinema at Paris VIII University, and received his M.A in Plastic Arts also from there. Oh, Moon! (1988), A Run for Money (1999), Times and Winds (2006), Kosmos (2010), and Jin (2013, !f 2014) are among his feature films that won or received nominations at international festivals.