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25-year-old Sibel lives with her father and sister in a secluded village in the mountains of Turkey's Black Sea region. Sibel is a mute, but she communicates by using the ancestral whistled language of the area. Rejected by her fellow villagers, she relentlessly hunts down a wolf that is said to be prowling in the neighbouring forest, sparking off fears and fantasies among the village women. There she crosses path with a fugitive. Injured, threatening and vulnerable, he is the first one to take a fresh look at her.

Country:
, Luksemburg Turkey, France, Germany, Luxembourg, 2018
Group:
Focus Europe
Duration:
95’
Director:
Guillaume Giovanetti, Çagla Zencirci
Screenplay:
Guillaume Giovanetti, Çagla Zencirci, Ramata Sy
Cast:
Damla Sönmez, Emin Gürsoy, Erkan Kolçak Köstendil, Elit İşcan, Meral Çetinkaya, Sevval Tezcan
Festivals:
2018 Lokarno, Toronto, Adana, Čikago, Haifa, Monpelje / Locarno International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival
Filmography:
  2018 Sibel 
2013 Ningen 
2012 Noor 
Cinematography:
Eric Devin
Editing:
Véronique Lange
Music:
Bassel Hallak, Pi
Producer:
Marie Legrand, Rani Massalha, Michael Eckelt, Johannes Jancke, Marsel Kalvo, Nefes Polat, Christel Henon, Lilian Eche     
Production:
Les Films du Tambour, Riva Filmproduktion, Bidibul s, Mars s, Reborn
Awards:
2018 Adana Film Festival - Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Hamburg Film Festival - Hamburg s Award, Locarno International Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Showing

26Feb

Time: 19:30
Price: 400 RSD
Dvorana Kulturnog centra

27Feb

Time: 12:00
Price: 300 RSD
Dvorana Kulturnog centra

French-Turkish couple Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti have been co-directing films, and their lives, since 2004. After multiple short films (selected in Berlin, Locarno and Clermont-Ferrand) and two features, Noor screened in Cannes and Ningen, shown in Toronto, their third feature film, Sibel, is in front of the Belgrade audience.

The movie’s biggest selling point is the whistle language, which may seem like it comes straight out of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”: Locals in the northeastern village of Kuşköy have developed a way of communicating across the hilly fields by imitating bird calls, honing the sounds so that complex sentences are transmitted using hoots and pips. It’s fascinating to listen to, and apparently an accurate representation of how residents call out to one another.         

Jay Weissberg, Variety

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