Berlinale

ARAF - Somewhere In Between

Synopsis
Zehra and Olgun spend most of their young lives working in a service station cafeteria near a lonely highway. Their monotonous work shifts are broken up only by sparks of naive expectations of a brighter future. The once important industrial area is now a faceless place of economic waste and unemployment. Most of the area's occupants have escaped to the big city in search of opportunity. But Zehra, Olgun and their friends still remain, caught somewhere in between the past and an uncertain future. Zehra dreams that love will take her away from her meaningless job and life and becomes fascinated by an older truck driver. As Zehra's desire for Mahur turns into a tragic first love, her rebellious friend Olgun becomes more and more frustrated, not yet a young man on his own. Zehra and Olgun will experience a bittersweet rite of passage, leading to both suffering and awakening.


World premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2012, Orrizonti

Key festivals and awards
Adana Golden Boll Film Festival 2012
Best Actress, Tokyo International Film Festival 2012
Black Pearl Award - Narrative, Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2012
New York Film Festival 2012
Toronto International Film Festival 2012

Turkey 2012
Director: Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey)
Producer: Ustaoglu Film Production (Turkey), CDP (France), The Match Factory (Germany)
German WCF partner: The Match Factory
World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2010
Funding: 30,000 €