Recent high school graduate Yusuf is uncertain about his future in the provincial countryside. Writing poetry is his greatest passion and some of his poems are starting to be published in obscure literary journals. Bur for the time being, he continues working in his single mother's village milk bussines, also with an uncertain future. Still a young and beautiful woman, Zehra is having a discreet relationship with the town station master. His mother's affair make Yusuf even more anxious about taking the sudden jump toward manhood. Will young Yusuf be able to handle the changes in his peaceful existence? "Turkey's rural areas, especially that of Central of Anatolia, have been undergoing huge social, economic and cultural changes during the past several years. A new way of life has awakened in those towns and villages that used to rely solely on agricultural pusuits and animal husbandry, due to the factories and the dams being builtin the areas, and/or the mines being opened. The new employement opportunities and the dynamics brought about by widespread migration have deeply affected family structure, a structure that was traditionally the unassailable fortress of the entire region. These new ways of living have not only changed the area economically speaking, but have also forced a change to traditional mores. While some view this transformation from soil to industry, from field to factory, as a ray of hope, god-sent vehicle towards a 'bright future', for others these major changes have brought about 'chaos and strife." Semih Kaplanoğlu
Germany France Turkey

Orçun Köksal
Semih Kaplanoglu

Özgür Eken

Both Francis

Semih Kaplanoglu (Kaplan Film Production)

Başak Köklükaya
Melih Selcuk
Rıza Akın
Saadet Işıl Aksoy
Sheriff Erol

14th Festival on Wheels