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Somewhere in Between (2012)
Araf (original title)
Fiction, 124 min
Production countries   Turkey,Germany,France
Language   Turkish
Director   Yesim Ustaoglu
Scriptwriter   Yesim Ustaoglu
Producer   Yesim Ustaoglu
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Pretty Zehra and handsome Olgun spend most of their young lives working in a service station cafeteria near a lonely highway. Their monotonous work shifts are broken up only by sparks of naive expectations of a brighter future. Everything seems transient about their surroundings. The once important industrial area is now a faceless place of economic waste and unemployment. Most of the area's occupants have all escaped to the big city in search of opportunity. But Zehra, Olgun and their friends still remain, caught somewhere in between the past and an uncertain future. Zehra dreams that love will take her away from her meaningless job and life at home with her strict old-fashioned mother. She becomes fascinated by an older truck driver, Mahur, who spends much of his time on the road. As Zehra's desire for Mahur turns into a tragic first love, her rebellious friend Olgun becomes more and more frustrated, stuck at home, not yet a young man on his own. Zehra and Olgun will experience a bittersweet rite of passage, leading to both suffering and awakening. But as they say goodbye to their childhood innocence, love and hope will help them to move forward.
Director's Note
As the world as we know it approaches it’s end we humans think little of how our lifestyle  will affect the coming future, ignoring or giving little importance to the vivid alarms resonant  in the world, continuing to consume in a state of passive ignorance.   

Where will the imbalance in the global ecology end, how we perceive technological advance, how these changes affect our lives and how to solve the apathy of the world regarding this issues are just some of the questions that we need to be asking.  

‘Somewhere in Between’ occupies the space within these issues within the microcosm of the characters caught in the limbo of their everyday life.  To symbolize this the film is shot in a petrol station, a setting of physical transcience,  a place of both waiting and yet constant change between destinations. Similarly, the characters both experience suspension and shift between changing perspectives and hopes for their own future destinations.

Zehra lives in a detstitute village which has been robbed of its’s identity with the collapse of agriculture or any form of production, its’ occupants have all but a few escaped to the city.  Zehra herself works in a great petrol station and services  park on the motorway. It belongs neither to the city nor the village is situated itself on the road and is in a state of constant change, of nondiscript idenity and modern- kitch in style.  Their dreams are born and formed in front of the TV screen and its cheap trashy programmes during the precious time they have off from their monotonous regime. Olgun is a youth who also works here and lives in the city also bereft of identity and reduced to a heap of waste economically.  This was once a great city of industrial importance but now a place of complete unemployment  from whose centre the decrepid remains of a coal factory stands reduced to spewing out slag and waste like a feature from hell. The people similarly are caught between coming and going between life and death between work and wasting their lives knowing not how to escape. Olgun finds a dream to cling on to in a TV competiton programme. 

Zehra finds hers in love. Mahur the object of her desire is a lorry driver who hopelessly tries to make ends meet in all seasons, whatever the conditions on the endless roads.  

The story relays the entanglement of these characters caught in this mental and physical limbo as they evolve and struggle to find way out instigated by the sweet and painful love tragedy that ensues between them.
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Aspect ratio   2.35:1
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workshop with Yesim Ustaoglu at Kustendorf IFMF
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The Trace
Journey To The Sun
Waiting For The Clouds
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Somewhere in Between
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