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The Half

DirectorCagıl Nurhak Aydogdu
ProducerCagıl Nurhak Aydogdu – Ruzgar Film, Zafer Aydogdu, Bulent Kilic (co-producers)
WriterOzge Aras, Cagıl Nurhak Aydogdu
CastEce Tatay, Serhat Yigit, Hulya Boceklioglu
EditorErol Adilce
CameraOnder Sengul
ScreeningThurday 10 November at 19:00 hours / Friday 11 November at 16:45 hours
Original TitleYARIM
Length95 min

The beautiful story of two halves setting out to become a whole. Dutch Premiere


Far from the bustle of Turkey’s cities few choices are available to young people. The same is true for the two protagonists of this story: 15-year old shepherd girl Fidan and her groom-to-be Salih, who at 35 is intellectually even younger than Fidan. Thrust into what at first glance seems a tragic marriage, they slowly open up to each other, united by the same feeling of loneliness and detachment from the world of the adults. The director points out: ‘’The movie is not based on changes, it is rather based on awakenings. Due to the fact that it describes my own sensitivity that defines my perception and feelings, it will be the story of my own self completion. I was raised with stories of my grandmother who came from a wealthy family from Istanbul, at the age of 17, who moved to a small village of Malatya (East) and all the hardships she had to endure. Her story, sometimes funny, sometimes heart breaking and the concept of being an outsider always intrigued me. Being able to grasp and convey that distant feeling means a lot to me.’’

Het mooie verhaal van twee helften die één geheel worden.


In het binnenland, ver weg van de drukte van de Turkse steden, hebben jongeren niet veel te kiezen. Zo ook de twee hoofdpersonen van dit verhaal: het 15-jarige herdermeisje Fidan en haar aanstaande bruidegom Salih, die op zijn 35ste intellectueel minder ontwikkeld is dan Fidan. Hun gedwongen huwelijk lijkt tragisch, maar langzaam stellen ze zich open voor elkaar, verenigd door hetzelfde gevoel van eenzaamheid en onthechting van de wereld van de volwassenen. De regisseur legt uit: ”De film is niet gebaseerd op verandering, maar op bewustwording. Omdat het verhaal mijn eigen sensitiviteit omschrijft die mijn perceptie en gevoelens definiëren, is dit een film geworden over mijn ontwikkeling. Ik ben opgegroeid met de verhalen van mijn grootmoeder, die uit een rijke familie uit Istanbul kwam en op 17-jarige leeftijd naar een het dorpje Malatya (Oost) verhuisde en daar allerlei ontberingen moest verduren. Haar verhaal, soms grappig en soms hartverscheurend, heeft mij altijd geïntrigeerd. Het betekent veel voor mij dat ik in staat ben om dat gevoel te begrijpen en over te brengen.”