Waiting for the Clouds

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Waiting for the clouds

Waiting for the Clouds

(Bulutlari beklerken)

by Yesim Ustaoglu



Waiting for the clouds

Director: Yesim Ustaoglu

Srript: Yesim Ustaoglu, Petros Markaris adapted from Yorgos Andreadis' novel Tamara

Cinematographer: Jacek Petrycky

Editing: Timo Linasolo, Nicolas Gaster

Sound: B. von Bassewitz

Music: Michael Galasso

Cast: Ruchen Ciliskur, Ridvan Yaggi, Dimitris Kaberidis

Production: Behrouz Hashemian

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75009 Paris
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Year: 2003

35 mm, Colour, 87 min
OV Turkish & Greek with French Subtitles

Berlin Film Festival Selection 2005


Ayshe, a woman in her sixties, is living in a village in Anatolia. She is very fond of her ten-year-old neighbour Memet. At the death of her elder sister, she becomes withdrawn. When Tanasis, a stranger, comes to the village, she realises she cannot hide her real identity any more. Ayshe, whose real name is Eleni, is the daughter of Orthodox Greek parents. Fifty years ago, she took the long road of deportation during which her parents died. A Turkish family took her in, and Selma, the elder daughter, gave her so much love that she could over come her trauma. Half a century later, she goes back to Greece, following her brother's trail…

Y. Ustoglu has captured the spare beauty of the bare mountains in the North of Turkey and the remote way of life in the seventies and eighties marked by the villagers' poverty and solidarity, and by the oppression of the authorities.

With its peaceful and sober images, Waiting for the Clouds mainly attempts to quieten the tensions and throw light on one of the taboo chapters of Turkish history.

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