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Kız Kardeşler

A Tale of Three Sisters

Müfit Kayacan, Ece Yüksel, Helin Kandemir (Actors), Emin Alper (Director, Screenwriter, Producer), Cemre Ebüzziya, Kayhan Açıkgöz, Kubilay Tunçer (Actors), Emre Erkmen (Cinematography)

Moderation: Vincenzo Bugno

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The three sisters Reyhan (20), Nurhan (16) and Havva (13) all live with their father in a remote village in central Anatolia. One after the other they were sent away to town to work as housemaids, but each of them has now returned. The last of the sisters to do so is Nurhan. She beat the local doctor’s son because he wet his bed every night. When Reyhan returned home pregnant, her father hastily married her off to the shepherd, Veysel. One day, the inebriated Veysel rises up against the village elder; his actions have dramatic consequences. Even if the dream of a better future does not come true for any of these young women and they always seem to be getting into arguments with each other, they nonetheless steadfastly stick together. While they wait for the snow-covered roads to become passable again, father and daughters pass the time with stories.
Emin Alper, who grew up in the Anatolian mountains himself, unfolds his fairy tale in haunting images. He portrays a society in which neither women nor men have a chance to break their predetermined cycle, and yet he still leaves room for hope.

Emin Alper

Turkey / Germany / Netherlands / Greece 2019


108’ · Colour

World premiere


Cemre Ebüzziya (Reyhan)
Ece Yüksel (Nurhan)
Helin Kandemir (Havva)
Kayhan Açıkgöz (Veysel)
Müfit Kayacan (Şevket)
Kubilay Tunçer (Necati)
Hilmi Özçelik (Village Headman)
Başak Kıvılcım Ertanoğlu (Hatice)


Written and Directed by
Emin Alper
Emre Erkmen
Çiçek Kahraman
Giorgos Papaioannou, Nikos Papaioannou
Sound Design
Jos van Galen
Marcel de Hoogd
Production Design
İsmail Durmaz
Alceste Tosca Wegner
Esma Keskin
Assistant Director
Özkan Yılmaz
Ezgi Baltaş
Production Manager
Selim Güntürkün
Nadir Öperli, Muzaffer Yıldırım
Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Stinette Bosklopper, Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Lisette Kelder, Enis Köstepen
Komplizen Film, Berlin
Circe Films, Amsterdam
Horsefly Productions, Athen


Emin Alper

Born in Ermenek, Turkey in 1974, he studied economics and history at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and has a PhD in Turkish modern history. His debut feature film Tepenin Ardi (Beyond the Hill) screened in the 2012 Forum where it won the Caligari Film Prize. His second film, Frenzy, premiered in competition at the Venice International Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize. Alongside his work as a filmmaker, he teaches modern history in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Istanbul Technical University.


2012 Tepenin ardi (Beyond the Hill) 2015 Frenzy 2019 Kız Kardeşler (A Tale of Three Sisters)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

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