Kurzfilmtournee 2020

Are You Listening, Mother?

Germany 2019 • fiction • Kurdish, Turkish • 20 mins.
Nomination in the category for fiction films up to 30 minutes
director, script: Tuna Kaptan
camera: Roy Yunus lmer
sound: Clemens Becker, Omer Bugra
editor: Sophie Oldenbourg
cast: Aziz Çapkurt, Sebiha Bozan, Bülent Keser, Adnan Devran
production: Donaukapitän with the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting)

A Kurdish woman is sentenced to six years house arrest in a Turkish village. However, her elder son cannot stop her from constantly crossing the invisible boundary of the shackles. In conflict with two authorities, his mother and the police, he is confronted with his own boundaries.

Jury statement:
Mother comes to visit. Actually a reason for joy. And there is also the upcoming wedding celebration of the friends. But nothing comes of it. A court-ordered electronic ankle bracelett only allows a radius of 15 meters outside the house. The son still tries to make the mother welcome it at home. He uses stones to mark the 15-metre barrier. But the mother steps over it the first time she hangs up the laundry. The drastic fine that follows can only be paid by selling the television. Now all that remains is knitting as a pastime. But this too is subversive and must be stopped.
Concentrated, with sparse but precisely set dialogues, Tuna Kaptan tells a moving mother-son story in the barren mountain world of the Kurdish province. A political film. Strongly visual with clearly composed montage. And yes, you can even laugh, because Kaptan knows how to ironically capture the sad absurdity of the situation.

Tuna Kaptan

BA in theatre, media and Romance studies. Studied documentary film directing at the HFF Munich and ENERC Buenos Aires. His documentary films have received numerous awards, including NACHT GRENZE MORGEN at the IDFA and SCHILDKRÖTEN PANZER at the DOK Leipzig. His graduation film HÖRST DU, MUTTER? celebrated its world premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival and won the First Steps Award of the German Film Academy.

Filmography:
2017 SCHILDKRÖTEN PANZER
2016 SUBSUELO
2013 NACHT GRENZE MORGEN
2012 HERR SIEBZEHNRÜBL
2011 BORD O MAVI
2009 LIEBE, RESPEKT UND MEIN AUTO
2008 VON STEIN ZU STEIN