Until I lose my breath

Nefesim Kesilene Kadar
TUR / DEU 2015 94’

DIRECTED BY: Emine Emel Balci
SCREENPLAY BY: Emine Emel Balci
PRODUCED BY: Titus Kreyenberg, Nadir Operli, Kaan Kurbanoğlu
CAST: Esme Madra, Rıza Akın, Gizem Denizci, Sema Keçik

Serap is a young Turkish girl who divides her time between a draining job at a clothing factory and light sleep in her sister’s apartment. When her humble life falls apart before her eyes, morality loses importance over survival, and relationships become pure calculations. Emine Emel Balci’s debut is a picture of contemporary Turkey – one removed from picturesque shots of Istanbul and cheap exoticism. This well-crafted social drama speaks tastefully about human flaws, avoiding needless moralizing; the assessment of its characters is left to the viewer.

Emine Emel Balcı

Director, born in 1984. She graduated from the Mimar Sinan University of Istanbul, where she studied film and television. Her short films – “Women of the Lake” (2007) and “The Waiting” (2009) – were screened at various festivals. Her newest documentary “Ich Liebe Dich” was coproduced by the German TV network ZDF. “Until I lose my breath” is Balci’s feature film debut.

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