Milk (Süt)

Recent high school graduate Yusuf is uncertain about his future in the provincial countryside. Writing poetry is his greatest passion and some of his poems are starting to be published in obscure literary journals. But for the time being, he continues working in his single mother’s village milk business, also with an uncertain future. Up until now, Yusuf’s widowed mother Zehra has focused all her attention on her only son. Still a young and beautiful woman, Zehra is having a discreet relationship with the town station master. His mother’s affair and the fact that he has been named unfit for military service due to a childhood illness make Yusuf even more anxious about making the sudden jump toward manhood. Will young Yusuf be able to handle the changes in his peaceful existence? Can he survive on poetry and working alongside his mother in her small-time milk business? Or will he be forced to move to the big city?

World premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2008, Competition

Key festivals and awards
Venice International Film Festival 2008
Toronto International Film Festival 2008
Nantes Festival des 3 Continents 2008
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008
Göteborg International Film Festival 2008
Pune International Film Festival 2009

Turkey, 2008
Director: Semih Kaplanoglu
Producers: Kaplan Film (Turkey), Heimatfilm (Germany), Arizona Film (France)
German WCF partner: Heimatfilm
World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in June 2006
Funding amount: 50.000 €