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Blue Wave, The

Original title: Mavi Dalga
German title: Blaue Welle, Die *
Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, 2013

Director: Dadak, Zeynep & Kayan, Merve
Production company: Bulut Film, Riva Film
Co-producers: Family Affair Films, Two Thirty Five,
Age recommendation: 14 years and up

Whenever Deniz and her girlfriends get together, nothing can threaten their world. They gossip about clothes, boys, music and who met who. Deniz really likes her schoolmate Kaya, but she’s much more excited by the thought of one of her teachers, F?rat, who is significantly older. The fact that he doesn’t appear to reciprocate her feelings plunges Deniz into turmoil. The girls will soon have to decide what they want to study and which university to attend. Deniz has a particular subject in mind: she feels much more drawn to philosophy than economics. But she’s also interested in studying something practical, such as reforestation. Although most of her friends want to go to Istanbul, she’d rather study in Ankara – the main thing is to get away from home where she’s at loggerheads with her mother.

The film makes use of its strong young female cast to convey the multifaceted, contradictory feeling of being on the cusp between one’s youth and an uncertain future. Regular power cuts and gas shortages seem to herald a sense of impending insecurity. Deniz knows just how good it feels to let herself go once more with her girlfriends at the beach.

Berlin Generation 2014, BUFF Malmö 2014, Zlin 2014, Giffoni Macedonia 2015

World sales address/es:
Bulut (TR)