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22-year old Dilan pays for her forbidden love for a young man in a neighbouring village with her life. She has shamed the family and therefore must die at the hands of her own brothers. And as tradition will have it, the killing must be compensated.

houses posterFrom Belgium

15 min

Venice Film Festival Nominee 2012

Director: Bülent Öztürk
Screenwriter: Bülent Öztürk, Mizgin Müjde Arslan
Producer: Hanne Phlypo, Antoine Vermeesch
Director of Photography: Hadewych Cocquyt
Editor: Bert Jacocbs, Pieter Smet, Jan Hameeuw
Original Score: Saïd Henareh
Sound Design: Thierry De Vries
Main Cast: Mizgin Müjde Arslan, Seyithan Altiparmak, Emine Korkmaz

Film trailer

About Bülent Öztürk

Born in 1975 in a small village in South-East Turkey, Bülent Öztürk has been living in Antwerp, Belgium, since 1995. In 2011 he graduated from the Belgian film school Rits with a master degree in Film Direction. He directed several short films including TEN TO NINE, DELAYED FAREWELL, DAWN and the documentary ZAMAN ZAMAN, TALKING STONES OF BAKACAIK.

Q&A with the director

bulent-filipvanroe-mardin129How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing?

The preparation took two days and we shot the movie in five days. In the beginning of the project, I invested in the production myself. Later on, during editing, we got financial support from the VAF (Flanders Audiovisual Fund). From shooting till release in Venice it took us about one year.

Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?

European cinema is above all realistic and humanistic. European movies concentrate on emotions and relations. At the same time they confront us with a slowness which helps us to get the time we need to process things afterwards.

If you owned a theatre for one night, which films would you screen?

I would screen FESTEN by Thomas Vinterberg and SHAME by Ingmar Bergman.

What is your next project?

My next project is called BLUE SILENCE. It’s a feature on which I’ve already been working for two years about an ex-soldier who lives with his wife and their son in a village in the South East of Turkey. The local Kurdish community ignores them, which increases the tensions in the family, especially when another ex-soldier makes contact again with his old friend.


Venice Film Festival 2013 / Won prix UIP (European Short Film)

On the web

. European Film Academy Short Film

. IMDb

. Film website

. Flanders this website cialismax Image

Film contacts:

Clin d’oeil films
Groenejagersveld 65
1000 Brussels
tel: +32 484 974 442


Screening at Kingbonn International Short Film Festival 2014 (09-17 May), in Shenzhen, China


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