Autumn (Sonbahar)

Yusuf is released from prison, where he served a sentence since 1992. Ten years later he returns to his village. Although he had six more years to serve, it was understood that he is terminally ill. Tuberculosis. His health has worsened since he participated in hunger strikes against the prison. A doctor informs him about his condition and writes a report for him to be released. Only his old mother is waiting for him in the village. His mother Rukiye is very ill. She has prayed to be able to see her son again. In the village, where only old people are left because of economical reasons. Yusuf cannot tell anybody that he will die in a few months. He wakes up with nightmares in the nights, runs out early in the morning and listens to the voice of the valley waking up. The untuned voice of the bagpipes, which he used to play well when he was young, goes along with these voices. He meets Elka who works in the pub. Elka, who tries to behave differently from normal, has to protect her soul despite the network of relations she unwillingly entered in Elka meets Yusuf that night. After a while they fall in love. In a night when autumn slowly turns into winter, Yusuf cannot refuse his mother’s request of playing for her and while an instrument starts its life all over again he is buried on a day that whole valley wears a white shroud … The Voice of the bagpipes accompanies a mother’s lament for her son …

World premiere
August 7, 2008, Locarno Film Festival, Official Competition

Theatrical release in Germany
March 4, 2010

Key festivals and awards
Best Film, Special Jury Prize, Adana Golden Boll Film Festival 2008
The Art & Essay Cicae Prize, Locarno International Film Festival 2008
Best Director, Sofia International Film Festival
Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematographer, Ankara International Film Festival
FIPRESCI Prize, Special Jury Prize
Best Music, Festival D’Angers Premiers Plans
Silver Prometheus, International Tbilisi Film Festival
Festivals Adana Golden Boll Film Festival 2008
Locarno International Film Festival 2008
Sarajevo International Film Festival
Bangkok International Film 2008
Sofia International Film Festival 2008
Toronto 2008
Yerevan International Film Festival 2009
International Tblisi Film Festival 2009

Rights sold to
Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, Eslovenia, Croatia, Moldova, Slovak Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Ireland, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Iceland, Germany, Macedonia

Turkey 2008
Director: Özcan Alper
Producers: Kuzey Film (Turkey), Filmfabrik (Germany)
German distributor: Filmfabrik
World Sales: Media Luna New Films (Germany)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2009
Funding amount: 7,500 €