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Egg (2007)
Yumurta (original title)
Fiction, 97 min
Production countries   Turkey,Greece
Language   Turkish
Director   Semih Kaplanoglu
Scriptwriters   Semih Kaplanoglu, Orcun Koksal
Producer   Semih Kaplanoglu
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Upon his mother Zehra’s death, poet Yusuf returns to his childhood hometown which he hasn’t visited for years. A young girl, Ayla awaits him in a dilapidated house.Yusuf is unaware of the existence of this distant relation who has been living with his mother for five years... Ayla has something to ask of Yusuf. Yusuf is obliged to perform the sacrifice his mother Zehra had been prevented by death from fulfilling.
Yusuf and Ayla set off for the Saint’s tomb, some three or four hours away, for the traditional sacrificial ceremony. Unable to locate the herd from which the sacrificial animal was to be selected, they have to spend the night in a hotel by the volcanic lake.Yusuf and Ayla are drawn closer together by the atmosphere of the wedding party at the hotel.
Director's Note
About two years ago in February 2005, while in Berlin for the 55th Berlinale and the world premiere in the Forum Section of my second film Meleğin Düşüşü/ Angel΄s Fall, I found that my horizons were greatly broadened by the perspectives of some directors towards their own provinces.

After returning to Turkey I traveled around some of the provincial areas of Anatolia and there I saw some very major changes taking place. It was from that the idea of the stories to make up a trilogy of films I have called the "Yusuf Trilogy" was first born. The names of the films are Milk, Egg, and Honey. These three stories take place in three different regions of Anatolia, places with different climates and geographies: The Central Aegean (EGG), Central Anatolia (MILK) and Eastern Black Sea (HONEY)

Each of these stories has a mother-son relationship.

Turkey΄s rural areas, especially that of Central Anatolia, have been undergoing huge social, economic, and cultural changes during the past several years. A new way of life has awakened in those towns and villages that used to rely solely on agricultural pursuits and animal husbandry, due to the factories and the dams being built in the areas, and/or the mines being opened. The new employment opportunities and the dynamics brought about by widespread migration have deeply affected family structure, a structure that was traditionally the unassailable fortress of the entire region.

These new ways of living have not only changed the area economically speaking, but have also forced a change to traditional mores. While some view this transformation from soil to industry, from field to factory, as a ray of hope, god-sent vehicle towards a ΄bright future,΄ for others these major changes have brought about ΄chaos and strife.΄
Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Sound format   Dolby Digital
Aspect ratio   1.85:1
Production format   35mm
Distribution format   35mm
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