Written and Directed by: Atalay Taşdiken
Producer: Atalay Taşdiken
Director of Photography: Feza Çaldıran
Production Year: 2013
Süre: 100 minutes
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Born in central Anatolia in 1964, Atalay Taşdiken graduated from Selçuk University with a teaching degree in physics. In 1991, he began a career in advertising. In the next 10 years, he directed over 300 commercials and worked as creative director on some 30 product campaigns. In between times, he wrote and directed the TV film Bes Numarali Kamp (Camp No. Five) and shot a short documentary on his hometown Beysehir, a place legendary for its sunsets. In 2009, he made his first full-length feature, Mommo (The Bogeyman), which premiered in the Generation section at the Berlinale 2009 and went on to win multiple international awards. Taşdiken is a member of the Academy of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and received an Award for Outstanding Services from Turkey’s Parliament in 2009.
Meryem, a beautiful small-town teenage bride, is married to Mustafa ten days after his family asked Meryem’s hand in marriage. Six days after the wedding, Mustafa returns to his job in Istanbul promising to set up a life for them and send for her. Meryem longs for Mustafa and married life, but never loses hope. She busies herself with all the chores around her in-laws’ house, seeing it as her duty to look after them while she is blamed for failing to give the family a child. Murat, who fell for Meryem before military service, reappears unexpectedly. Murat’s return after spending time in therapy to overcome the traumas of combat leads Meryem to an unexpected journey. Meryem packs her bags and sets off on a new life, but not the life everyone is expecting her to live.