Mustang

Times:

  • 7:00 pm
  • Friday, November 13, 2015

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Turkish-French filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s impassioned coming-of-age drama presents a heartfelt perspective on the treatment of women in a socially regressive environment. With their long, dark tresses and defiant attitudes, five young sisters in a remote, coastal Turkish village symbolize the freeing spirits of this poignant film’s namesake: Mustang. What starts as the beginning of a fun summer quickly turns into an end of freedoms for Lale and her four sisters. After innocent play and laughter with male classmates at the beach, the sisters’ virtues are quickly called into question by local villagers and relatives. The girls soon find themselves in a culturally repressed home and present a united front to head off any attempts to be “tamed.” In Turkish, with English subtitles

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
France / Turkey / Germany / Qatar (2015)
97 minutes, Not Rated
Distributor: Cohen Media Group

With Opening Night Reception
Admission to the reception, featuring hors d’oeuvres from Casa de Tamales and champagne from Sam’s Italian Deli & Market, is included with a festival pass or with admission to the opening night film.

Reviews

"An affecting story in which rites of passage are denied and girlhood liberties crushed." — David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"The exuberant life and liveliness that spills off the screen and the effortless sororal chemistry between these young actresses are compelling reasons to seek out "Mustang," and to welcome the arrival of [Director Deniz] Ergüven as a promising new female voice in the Turkish cinema scene." — Jessica Klang, The Playlist
"An affecting story in which rites of passage are denied and girlhood liberties crushed." — David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"The exuberant life and liveliness that spills off the screen and the effortless sororal chemistry between these young actresses are compelling reasons to seek out "Mustang," and to welcome the arrival of [Director Deniz] Ergüven as a promising new female voice in the Turkish cinema scene." — Jessica Klang, The Playlist

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.