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February 12–18, 2016

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Critics' Pick "A stunning debut feature... [Director Deniz Gamze] Ergüven...brings deft timing and an unapologetic appreciation of beauty to the story, qualities missing from other, schematic portrayals of clashes with traditional mores, Turkish or otherwise"
  —New York Times
"It's quite something: a coming-of-age fable mapped onto a prison break, at once dream-hazed and sharp-edged with suspense"
  —New Yorker
"Singularly excellent and original... a moving portrait of sisterhood, a celebration of a fierce femininity and a damning indictment of patriarchal systems that seek to destroy and control this spirit"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Mustang confirms that sensitive, humanist, deeply immersive filmmaking remains alive and well in a world bursting with vital stories and indelible characters"
  —Washington Post
"The director proves especially skilled with her cast of newcomers...whose powerful individualism as well as their vibrant bond together are perfect vessels for the script's message"
"The issues at play in Mustang are gravely serious but the tone and rhythm is brisk, headlong and intelligently lively"
  —Chicago Tribune
Recommended "Ergüven and cowriter Alice Winocour have a keen understanding of teenage impetuosity and adult cruelty"
  —Chicago Reader
3 stars½ "Mustang grabs you with its own sense of haunting melancholy, as well as an increasing feeling of urgency and outrage"

A Directors' Fortnight award winner at the Cannes Film Festival and the French entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2016 Academy Awards, Mustang captures the beginning of summer in a village in northern Turkey. Lale and her four sisters have returned home from school, innocently playing with boys—but the alleged debauchery of their games causes a local scandal with unintended consequences. The family's home slowly becomes a prison, as classes on cooking and housekeeping replace regular schoolwork, and marriages begin to be arranged. As the eldest sisters are subjected to virginity tests and married off one by one, the younger sisters look on in fear and resolve not to succumb to the same fate. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them.

A moving story of emancipation, Deniz Gamze Ergüven's feature debut is a powerful, feminist indictment of social conservatism in contemporary Turkey, assuredly handled with vigor and sophistication.

Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Germany/Turkey/Qatar, 2015, 97 mins. In Turkish with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Feb. 12 at 7:45 pm
  • Sat.–Sun., Feb. 13–14 at 3:45, 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Tues. & Thurs., Feb. 15–16 & 18 at 7:45 pm
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