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Screening of LUX Prize Film Mustang, 10 October 2016, Triskel Christchurch, Cork


The European Parliament is delighted to be teaming up with Triskel Christchurch, Cork for the free screening of the 2015 LUX Film Prize winner Mustang by Deniz Gamze Erguven. The film is being show simultaneously across Europe in cinemas of the Europa Cinemas network and will be followed by a streamed Q&A and a Twitter wall allowing audiences from across Europe to interact directly with the film director. Tickets are available from 5pm on the day.  


Five girls, orphaned sisters aged between 12 and 16 years old, whose lives are a Garden of Eden filled with laughing and playing in the waves of the Black Sea with the boys from the school in their small village in the north of Turkey. But the status reserved for women in this country soon cuts down this group of girls ("the whole village is talking about your obscenities") and their family (their grandmother and uncle) decides to take back control of them, to prepare them and hasten them towards their future fate as wives. This is the opening premise of Mustang, the first feature film of Turkish filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven, highly acclaimed in Directors' Fortnight of the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

Driven by a sustained rhythm, Mustang showcases a director with an undisputed talent for portrayal, who allows her film, shot in one location, to breathe with beautiful landscape shots (of the sea, greenery, a strip of road, the summer light). The charismatic actors do the rest to make this a very promising film scored by Australian musician Warren Ellis which carries a strong feminist message.

Screenplay: Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Alice Winocour
Cast: Güneş Nezihe Şensoy, Doğa Zeynep Doğuşlu, Elit İşcan
Cinematography by: David Chizallet, Ersin Gok
Film editing: Mathilde Van de Moortel
Art director: Serdar Yemisci
Producer: Charles Gillibert
Production: CG Cinéma
Distribution: Ad Vitam, Cinéart
Sales agent: Kinology

Website of Triskel Arts Centre
LUX Film Prize website