Big Big World

Reha Erdem

The two orphans Ali and Zuhal started their lives in the big wide world with a crime. Now they are on the run, and end up deep in a marshy forest. There, away from the inhabited world, they make their own remote home. A lyrical, fairy-tale narrative by the Turkish master Reha Erdem.

Eden is in Turkey, close to a dusty provincial town, not all that far by moped. The orphans Ali and Zuhal live in this earthly paradise, a fairy-tale forest where the damp moss lies like a blanket over the tree trunks. It’s filled with animals and the nights are never still. The brother and sister are hiding from the police here after committing a crime. While Ali tries to earn money in town, Zuhal becomes increasingly wild. And then it becomes apparent that they are not as alone in the forest as they had thought.
The stunningly beautiful world that director and scriptwriter Reha Erdem sketches in Big Big World, his ninth feature, is captured by his regular cameraman Florent Herry in enchanting shots, pregnant with (fairy-tale) symbolism. The actors Berke Karaer and Ecem Uzun, both on that magical borderline between child and adult, don’t need many words to tell a story about family and loneliness, desire and jealousy.

Screenings

  • LantarenVenster 3
    English subtitles
    Fri 27 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 1
    English subtitles
    Sat 28 Jan Buy
  • KINO 2
    English subtitles
    Thu 2 Feb Buy
  • Schouwburg Grote Zaal
    English subtitles
    Fri 3 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Reha Erdem
Country
Turkey
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
101
Language
Turkish
Producer
Ömer Atay / Atlantik Film
Production Company
Atlantik Film
Sales
Picture Tree International
Writer
Reha Erdem
Cinematography
Florent Herry
Editor
Reha Erdem
Production Design
Ömer Atay
Music
Nils Frahm
Cast
Ecem Uzun, Berke Karaer, Melisa Akman, Murat Deniz, Ayta Sozeri, Hakan Cimenser
Website
http://www.picturetree-international.com/