Semih Kaplanoglu


When his mother dies, Yusuf, a poet, returns to his home village, which he hasn’t visited for years. A young girl named Ayla who had been living with his mother for the past five years, is waiting for him in a decrepit house. Ayla has a request to make: Yusuf must perform the sacrificial rite his mother, Zehra, could not fulfill before she died. On their way for the saint’s tomb, they are obliged to spend the night in a hotel. Caught up in the atmosphere of a wedding party at the hotel, Yusuf and Ayla find themselves drawn together.

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2007

Full-length film, 1h37



Semih Kaplanoglu

Born in 1963, Semih Kaplanoglu holds a BS degree in film and television from the Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir. Since 1987, he has published numerous articles on the visual arts and film in various periodicals at home and abroad. He wrote a regular column in the Turkish daily, Radikal, from 1996 to 2000. He has created and directed several high-rated TV series and award-winning commercials. Yumurta, his third film, is the first part of a planned trilogy.

portrait Semih Kaplanoglu
  Semih Kaplanoglu

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Semih Kaplanoglu, Orcun Koksal


turc / Turkish


Özgür Eken


Ismail Karadas

Set decoration

Naz Erayda


Ayhan Ergürsel, Semih Kaplanoglu, Suzan Hande Güneri

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