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Davidson Film Club Presents Turkish Film, “Mustang”

by | Nov 9, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Davidson Film Club

The Davidson Film Club will be screening the multiple award-winning, Turkish film “Mustang,” nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs.

The screening will be held on Saturday, November. 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Armour Street Theatre (307 Armour St. in Davidson).

Walk-ins are welcome. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students. Free wine or bottled water and snacks will be available.

The 2015 film was directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven in France and Turkey. It is in Turkish with English subtitles, with a running time of 1 hour and 37 minutes. The film will be presented and discussion led by award-winning, Charlotte Observer film critic Lawrence Toppman.

Briefly, the film begins in the early summer in a remote village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited, orphaned, teenage sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to resist the same fate.

The Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer gave it a score of 98 percent.

“Mustang” had 42 wins and 58 nominations at international film festivals, including 4 Césars: Best First Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Original Music.

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