All ticket holders are invited to the Centerpiece Reception on Saturday, October 14, at 6 p.m. in the North Foyer of the Caroline Wiess Law Building.

Kivanç Sezer's self-assured debut tackles the dire fate of workers on a construction site, weighing the price of human life and dignity. Set against the frenzy of Istanbul’s urban residential building boom, workers constructing luxury apartments are not rewarded monetarily – irregular wages and life-threatening working conditions make the job dangerous. Aging Ibrahim (Menderes Samancilar) labors to support his family, in spite of his deteriorating health. After learning Ibrahim has lung cancer, the film branches off in other storylines following ambitious Yusuf (Musab Ekici) , who has a clear vision for his future, and a foreman (Tansel Öngel)  who just wants to complete the job early so he can seize another profitable opportunity. The parallel psychological and social issues are carefully paced, while the increasing tension foreshadows imminent tragedy.

Winner Golden Boll for Best Actor and Best Film Editing at 2016 Adana Film Festival; Winner Yilmaz Guney Award for Best Director at 2016 Adana Film Festival; Nominated for Best Film at 2016 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and Kralovy Vary International Film Festival; Nominated for Best Director at the 2017 Tromsø International Film Festival (Norway).

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Kivanç Sezer
Turkish and Kurdish with English subtitles
Running Time
101 minutes
Digital, Color