Pandora´s Box (Pandoranin Kutusu)

Three 40-something siblings in Istanbul each receive a call one night: their aging mother has disappeared from her home on the western Black Sea coast of Turkey. The three meet and set out to find her, momentarily setting aside their individual problems. As the siblings come together, the tensions between them quickly become apparent, like a Pandora’s box spilling open.
They come to realize that they are very ignorant of each other, and are forced to reflect on their own shortcomings.

World premiere
Toronto International Film Festival 2008, Visions

Rights sold to
Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Central America, Colombia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Kosovo, Latin America, Macedonia, Montenegro, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey

Theatrical release in Germany
26 November 2009

Golden Shell for Best Film, Silver Shell for Best Actress, San Sebastián Film Festival 2008
Best Supporting Actress, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2008
Best Actress Award, Amiens Film Festival 2008

Toronto International Film Festival 2008
San Sebastián Film Festival 2008
Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2008
Amiens Film Festival 2008
Göteborg International Film Festival 2009

Turkey 2008
Director: Yesim Ustaoğlu
Producers: Ustaoğlu Film Yapim (Turkey), Silkroad Production (France), Les Petites Lumières (France), Stromboli Pictures (Belgium), The Match Factory (Germany)
World sales: The Match Factory
German distributor: Kairos Film

Funded in the WCF jury meetings in June 2008 and in November 2009
Production funding: 25,000 €
Distribution funding: 8,000 €