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A transfixing sophomore feature from 26-year-old Turkish director Burak Çevik, Belonging opens with a story. Not just any story, but a sordid tale of senseless violence: his grandmother’s murder by his Aunt Pelin and her lover Onur. Recalling the performance style favoured by French master Robert Bresson, a man’s voice relays the details of the crime in chilling, affectless monotone - and for while, no actors appear. There are only shots of locations - each corresponding to the story being told - and a sense of impending disaster.

Drawing from his own family trauma, Çevik has fashioned a structurally audacious experience. After that extended prologue, we now observe the initial meeting between Pelin (Eylül Su Sapan) and Onur (Çaglar Yalçinkaya), a soldier currently on leave. Their easy chemistry is palpable from the start, but a sense of foreboding remains. Will their story turn out the same way? A highlight of Berlinale’s Forum section earlier this year, this richly suggestive feature unnerves and seduces all at once.

"Belonging is a therapeutic gesture that rises above psychological and moral judgments to navigate the complexity of family history." - Yonca Talu, Film Comment

Director Burak Çevik
Country of Origin: Turkey/Canada/France
Year: 2019
Running Time: 73 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Turkish
Related Links: Teaser | Review
Cast: Eylül Su Sapan, Çağlar Yalçınkaya
Executive Producer: Feride Çiçekoğlu
Producer: Selman Nacar, Burak Çevik
Screenwriter: Burak Çevik
Cinematographer: Barış Aygen
Editor: Ali Aga, Burak Çevik
Music: Mine Pakel
Art Director: Dilşad Aladağ
Production Company: Kuyu Film, Fol Film, Acéphale
Print Source: Acéphale


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