Turkey, Greece


Poet Yusuf returns to his childhood hometown, which he hadn't visited for years, upon his mother's death. A young girl, Ayla awaits him in a crumbling house. Yusuf has been unaware of the existence of this distant relation who had been living with his mother for five years. Ayla has something to ask of Yusuf. Yusuf is obliged to perform the sacrifice his mother Zehra had been prevented by death from fulfilling. Yusuf agrees as he finds himself unable to withstand the passive rhythm of rural life, the spaces imbued with the ghosts and personages of old lovers and friends, nor against the overriding feeling of guilt. Yusuf and Ayla set off for the saint's tomb, some three or four hours away, for the traditional sacrifice ceremony. Unable to locate the herd amongst which the sacrificial animal was to be selected, they have to spend the night in a hotel by the crater lake. Yusuf and Ayla are drawn closer together by the atmosphere of the wedding party at the hotel. While the falling snow blankets guilt, the place to which they are returning will no longer be that old town.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Semih Kaplanoglu

Written by: Semih Kaplanoglu, Orcun Koksal

Cinematography: Ozgur Eken

Actor: Nejat Isler (Yusuf), Saadet Isil Aksoy (Ayla)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2007