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Director:  Yesim Ustaoglu
Cinematography:  Jacek Petrycki
Screenplay:  Yesim Ustaoglu , Petros Markaris
Producer:  Setareh Farsi , Behrooz Hashemian
Cast:  Ruchan Caliskur , Dimitris Kamberidis , Ridvan Yagci , Ismail Baysan , Yannis Georgiadis
Production:  Silkroad Prod./Arte France Cinema/Flying Moon Filmproduktion/Ideefixe Cinema
International distribution:  Celluloid Dreams
Balkan Films Showcase
A Wonderful Night in Split
Beneath Her Window
Dear Enemy
How I Killed a Saint
Perfect Circle
The Pharaoh
Waiting for the Clouds
When I Grow Up, I'll Be a Kangaroo

WAITING FOR THE CLOUDS
BULUTLARI BEKLERKEN
WAITING FOR THE CLOUDS
, 2004, 90 min, color

Waiting for the Clouds raises questions like who we are? and where do we belong?, as it digs deeper into the intrinsic universal human feelings of love, guilt, fear and sharing ... Ayse, who never married, has dedicated her life to her older and ailing sister Selma since she became a widow many years ago. Ayse must now face the harsh reality that she will soon be alone. The mystery of Ayses tragic past will be divulged through the curious eyes of a charming eight-year old boy, Mehmet, who shares Ayses profound loss at the death of Selma. Ayses tragedy begins as the unfortunate outcome of historical events: World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire brought about new nationalist waves in Turkey, thus creating great tensions and conflicts between Greeks and Turks in the Black Sea region. In the winter of 1916, the Ottoman Army evacuated the villages west of the recently Russian-occupied Trabzon, and the Greek residents were pushed out of their homes in an unorganized deportation effort. Ayses real identity is that of Eleni, the daughter of one of the evacuated Greek families. When she was 10 years old, Eleni was forced to suffer a seemingly endless march southward with her mother, younger brother Niko and infant sister...

YESIM USTAOGLU
Turkish director, born in Sarikamis in Eastern Turkey in 1960. After making several award-winning shorts and documentaries in Turkey, she made her feature film debut with 1994s The Track, which was presented at numerous international festivals. Her second feature film, Journey to the Sun, won the Blue Angel Award for Best European Film at the Berlin IFF and the Best Film and Best Director prizes at the Istanbul IFF. Waiting for the Clouds was awarded with the Special Jury Award and the Best Actress Award at the Istanbul IFF.
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2004  Waiting for the Clouds
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