The Gulf

  • 110'
  • Turkey
  • 2017
This restrained and realistic record of a personal crisis slowly but surely acquires allegorical dimensions. After a failed marriage about which he doesn’t want to speak, a young man, Selim, returns from Istanbul to his birthplace, Izmir – which just happens to be the birthplace of the filmmaker, who refers in his first full-length feature to autobiographical material as well as the state of the country.
Selim doesn’t seem able to pick up where he left off. He roams aimlessly through the city, has sex with a married former girlfriend and watches as his affluent father’s company is threatened with bankruptcy. But while the stink of a burning oil tanker drives a lot of people out of town, Selim seems to be one of the few who doesn’t mind. A strange encounter with someone who alleges he knows Selim from military service puts him in touch with new people from the poorer areas of Izmir.
Director
Emre Yeksan
Countries of production
Turkey, Germany, Greece
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
110'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Körfez
Language
Turkish
Producer
Anna Maria Aslanoglu
Production Company
Istos film
Sales
Istos film
Cinematography
Jakub Giza
Editor
Selda Taşkın
Production Design
Serdar Yilmaz
Sound Design
Fatih Rağbet, Eli Haligua
Music
Ekin Fil
Cast
Ulaş Tuna Astepe, Ahmet Melih Yılmaz, Müfit Kayacan , Serpil Gül, Merve Dizdar, Hasret Şahin
Website
http://korfezfilm.com