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Les Enfants Terribles

A film by Ahmet Necdet Çupur

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In a village in the south east of Turkey, Mahmut wants to divorce his newly-wed wife. At the same time, his sister Zeynep enrolls in an open high school and takes on a job in a factory. Against her father’s wishes, she wants to leave the village and ultimately go to university. The siblings’ demands become the center of conflict in their conservative family and community, who are not used to what Mahmut and Zeynep strive for in life. Intimately captured by their older brother Ahmet Necdet Çupur, who left the village twenty years ago to pursue his studies, LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES is a story of clashes between generations, between the past and the present.

“Clear, unambiguous and fascinating to observe.” —Business Doc Europe

“[A] remarkable work which gets up close and very personal with its protagonists, but which also knows how to step back (by way of beautiful scenery, subtle lighting, apposite music and skilful editing) and move away from the "battlefield" of the family home, where a microcosmic generational shift is taking place - a predicament which will resonate with many different audiences and which anyone will be able to identify with, regardless of cultural differences.” —Cineuropa

“Ahmet Necdet Cupur trains his camera on his family, finding only tension and sorrow. The intimacy of the interactions and the obvious emotional connection that the filmmaker has with his subjects provides this documentary with a remarkably unfiltered candour, highlighting a culture clash that extends to an entire regressive community.” —Screen Daily

Special Jury Award, Visions du Réel 2021
DocsBarcelona 2021
Human Rights Award, Sarajevo IFF 2021
fARAD IDF 2021
Best Film, Best Editing & Special Jury Mention, Adana Golden Boll IFF 2021
Second Silver Nanook & Audience Award, Flahertiana IDF 2021
BFI London 2021
Gangneung IFF 2021
RIDM 2021
EnergaCamerimage 2021
Kasseler Dokfest 2021
IDFA 2021
Special Jury Award, Crime and Punishment IFF 2021
Young Jury Award, Cinemamed Brussels 2021
Zurich HRFF 2021
Best Film Award, Cinema Vérité Teheran 2021

93 minutes / Color
Turkish; Arabic / English subtitles
Release: 2021
Copyright: 2021

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

Subject areas:
Islam, Conflict Resolution, Family Relations, Middle East, Women's Studies

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