Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Wed, Feb 10, 2016

Presented in collaboration with the French Film and TV office, French Consulate Los Angeles

Program begins with the 2016 Best Live-Action Short Nominee “Ave Maria” (France/Germany/Palestine, 15 min. Dir. Basil Khalil).

Discussion following the feature with MUSTANG director Deniz Gamze Ergüven.
2016 Best Foreign-Language Film Nominee!

2015, Cohen Media Group, 97 min, France/Turkey, Dir: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

When five sisters take an innocent walk on the beach with a few male friends, things get blown way out of proportion in this affecting drama set in northern Turkey. The girls’ conservative grandmother cracks down, confining them to a home that becomes a prison/wife factory – but these young women have a spirit that refuses to be broken. Buoyed by superb performances (all the more impressive given this is the feature debut of Ergüven and most of her lead actresses), MUSTANG is as powerful as it is timely. “What makes the transfixing film so effective is that the director refuses to portray [the girls] simplistically, as misunderstood angels, and she has enough trust in her audience to leave the drama's implicit feminism unstated.” - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter. In Turkish with English subtitles.

Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Wed, Feb 10, 2016 • 7:30pm