Araf – Somewhere In Between

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Araf – Somewhere In Between
Yeşim Ustaoğlu, 2012
Turkey/France/Germany | Turkish with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 124 minutes

North American Premiere!

Rush tickets available!

The title refers as much to the film’s main location—a tiny Turkish town comprised of no more than a few houses and a large motorway rest stop where the locals work impossibly long hours—as it does to adolescence, the way station where the child transforms into an adult. What seems at first like a piece of low-key realism comes into dramatic focus when an adolescent girl begins an obsessive sexual relationship with a middle-aged trucker, fueling the fury of the teen-aged boy who hoped to marry her. Yeşim Ustaoğlu, whose debut feature Journey to the Sun (ND/NF 2000) is one of the treasures of the New Turkish Cinema, is not only a visual poet of her country’s harshly beautiful landscapes; she also depicts with great empathy and uncompromising honesty the heart’s desires and the body’s needs.

Series: NYFF50: Main Slate

Venue: Francesca Beale Theater, Alice Tully Hall

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