VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

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Until I Lose My Breath

Emine Emel Balci
TR/D, 2015
Fiction, 94min, OmeU

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Emine Emel Balci
TR/D, 2015
Fiction, 94min, OmeU

Actors: 
Esme Madra
Serap
Rıza Akın
Father
Sema Keçik
Sultan
Gizem Denizci
Dilber
Ece Yüksel
Funda
Uğur Uzunel
Yusuf
Screenplay: 
Emine Emel Balcı
Sound: 
Jörg Kidrowski
Camera: 
Murat Tunçel
Editor: 
Dora Vajda
Decoration: 
Meral Efe Yurtseven
Yunus Emre Yurtseven
Costume: 
Manfred Schneider

Production: 
Prolog Film, Una Film
World Sales: 
Pascale Ramonda
Format: 
DCP
Color

Serap is a quiet but hot-headed adolescent who is working long hours in a cramped clothing workshop as a runner. Fed up with her abusive brother-in-law and detached sister, the only thing that keeps Serap going is the hope of moving into an apartment with her father who is a long distance truck driver. Since the father is quite indifferent to Serap’s wishes, however, she decides to take matters in her own hands.
“While I was writing the script I wanted to set Serap free from any taboos, restrictions and limits I myself might be having. I wanted to see what she would be capable of doing. I got Serap involved in things that wouldn’t be appreciated; this way I was able to criticise her community and the loneliness she is exposed to. (...) I intended to shape the camera movements and framing according to Serap’s life and needs. The city became insignificant as soon as I started to create a character who was living in closed spaces, disconnected from the city she lives in, solely focused on her work. This story could take place in any city, in any country.” (Emine Emel Balcı)

In the presence of Emine Emel Balcı.