Present Tense

A 28-year-old, unemployed university graduate has divorced her ambitious husband, severed the ties with her parents and is now being thrown out of her flat. Mina is surrounded by troubles. Her mind is made up: she will escape to America like her rebellious aunt did some 20 years ago. But how? She needs money, papers and a visa. She applies for a job at a fortune-telling café, lying that she has previous experience. The young boss Tayfun finds her unusual, and hyperactive fortune-teller Fazi needs someone she can control; so she is welcomed. Through the shapes emerging in the grounds at the bottom of coffee cups, Mina expresses her own frustrations and desire to match them with those of the customers. Her method seems to work well. Her hopes blossom, but the jealous Fazi and amorous Tayfun are a confusing distraction. Will she be able to get away from present tense and try her luck for the future?
Turkey
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2012


Script
Belmin Söylemez
Haşmet Topaloğlu

Cinematography
Peter Roehsler

Editing
Ali Aga
Belmin Söylemez

Production
Filmbüfe Film

Cast
Erdi Kement
Nesrin Yıldırım
Ozan Bilen
Sanem Öge
Şenay Aydın
Suat Oktan

Awards
Association of Film Directors: Special Award
Best Actress Istanbul
Turkish Film Critics’ Association Award Adana
Yılmaz Güney Special Prize

Festivals
18th Festival on Wheels
TURKEY 2012