Adieu tortue

Bye Bye Turtle
Inci’s mother died during the night. The five-year-old wanders alone through the vast hilly landscape by the Black Sea. She meets a young woman in a red sweater and is fascinated by her. Zeynep, who grew up here as well, has returned after many years away. Her luggage is heavy and the journey is long. Together, they walk through the sunshine and the clouds, from one father to another, from dawn until darkness.
by Selin Öksüzoğlu
with Nursema Çepni, Meltem Ünel, Neriman Çilingiroğlu, Ibrahim Çolakoğlu, Serhat Şahin
France / Turkey 2024 Turkish 24' World premiere


  • Nursema Çepni (Inci)
  • Meltem Ünel (Zeynep)
  • Neriman Çilingiroğlu (Pick-up Lady)
  • Ibrahim Çolakoğlu (Zeynep’s Father)
  • Serhat Şahin (Pick-up Boy)
  • Okan Çolakoğlu (Pick-up Boy)
  • Özkan Boz (Pick-up Boy)
  • Necati Çepni (Inci’s Father)


DirectorSelin Öksüzoğlu
ScreenplaySelin Öksüzoğlu
CinematographyLéo Roussel, Emmanuel Fraisse
EditingCharles Claudon
Sound DesignÖzkan Boz
Sound EditingArthur Moget
Sound MixingPaul Jousselin
ProducersJeanne Ezvan, Marthe Lamy
Co-ProducerSeda Turan
Co-ProductionPréludes, Paris
Sis Films, Istanbul

Produced by

Apaches Films

Paris, France

World Sales

Manifest Pictures

Paris, France

Selin Öksüzoğlu

The director was born and grew up in Turkey. In 2010, she relocated to France and studied psychology. She now works as a psychologist with people in exile and young people in foster care. In parallel to this work, in 2019 she participated in the La Ruche Gindou Cinéma writing residency during which she developed the screenplay for her debut short film, Adieu tortue.


2024 Adieu tortue (Bye Bye Turtle); short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024


Berlinale Shorts 1
Sat Feb 17 10:00

Cubix 5

Subtitles: English

Screening for press and industry professionals | With accreditation only

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Mon Feb 19 15:30

Cubix 9

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Tue Feb 20 15:30

HKW 2 - Safi Faye Hall

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Wed Feb 21 21:30

Cubix 9

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Thu Feb 22 15:00

Cinema Betonhalle@Silent Green

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Shorts Take Their Time - Each film followed by a detailed Q&A

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Fri Feb 23 18:30

Colosseum 1

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Sat Feb 24 13:30

Cineplex Titania

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