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by Mehmet Can MERTOGLU


The debut feature of the young Turkish filmmaker Mehmet Can Mertoglu puts a middle-class Anatolian married couple with dubious intentions in the absurd straight-jacket of Turkish bureaucracy. The young couple – both languid and violent, droll and frightening – prove highly inventive when they fake a family photo album so as to hide from their entourage that they have adopted a child. The convergence of these two storylines lends the film a cynical dimension conveyed by often-incriminating tableaux (each sequence forms an intriguing picture); the administration is asleep, the couple readily racist. Playing on slapstick and deep-black humour, it seems clear that Mertoglu is not brimming with empathy for his characters, and even less so for his fellow citizens, whom he prefers to plunge into a societal quagmire brilliantly rendered by his cold and rigorous mise en scène. Yet, by avoiding all formal complacency thanks to his diversity of tone, Albüm is a film of cinema in the sense that it continually raises the question of how to represent an absurd and elusive reality, yet create a clear dramatic link between its representations and those that bring it to life. Turkish society does not come out with flying colours. The film, selected by the 2016 Critics’ Week at Cannes, was first discovered at the Nantes Produire au Sud Workshop. GM

Participation in the 2012 Nantes Produire au Sud Workshop

  • Titre français
    Album de famille
  • Original title
  • Titre international
  • Scénario
    Mehmet Can MERTOGLU
  • Photo
    Marius PANDURU
  • Montage
    Ayhan ERGÜRSEL
  • Son
    Serdar O¨NGO¨REN, Bruno TARRIÈRE
  • Interprétation
    Riza AKIN, Sebnem BOZOKLU, Zuhal GENCER ERKAYA, Müfit KAYACAN, Murat KILIÇ, Muttalip MÜJDECI
  • Production
  • Producteur délégué
    Eytan IPEKER, Yoel MERANDA
  • Directeur de production
    Marius PANDURU
  • Décors
    Meral Efe - Yunus Emre Yurtseven
  • Distribution
    La Pacte
  • Support de projection
  • Sous-titrage

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