Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Turkish with English subtitles / 97 minutes
Rating: PG (mature perspective strongly advised)
In a remote Turkish village on the Black Sea, five free-spirited
teenaged sisters splash on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are innocent, a neighbor reports what she
considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family reacts by removing all “instruments of corruption” such as cell phones and computers. Their home is progressively transformed into a prison and instruction in homemaking replaces school. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones resolve to avoid the same fate. Ergüven’s debut is a powerful portrait of female empowerment.
Mustang is astonishing; staying with you long after viewing. Blake Howard, Graffiti with Punctuation
Part of a welcome international wave of films made by women directors that focus on girls growing up in worlds of men – and on what they look like when no one’s looking.Ty Burr, Boston Globe
The filmmakers approach their characters not as political objects but as rare humans grappling with that unique moment when childhood gives way – painfully but sometimes beautifully – to brutal realities. Noah Gittell, Washington City Paper
Along with our regular draws of two free tickets to any AIF film screened during the season, this week there will be a draw
for a free pass to the Soo Film Festival taking place this weekend (Sept. 16-18) in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Be sure to arrive before the 7:00 draw, and keep your ticket stub
until after all the draws have been won.
In this sharp-tongued and riotously funny adaptation of Jane
Austen’s novella, Lady Susan, the beautiful and cunning Lady
Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), a recent widow, engineers all
manner of wonderfully devious plots to bend the world to her
will and land herself a wealthy new husband. Taking up residence
at her in-laws’ estate, she sets her sights on the dashing Reginald
De Courcy (Xavier Samuel). However, her plans are derailed when her beautiful daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark) turns up. If you’re looking for a smart, fun, and scruple-free romp, Love & Friendship is definitely your cup of tea.
Love & Friendship is quick, clever and delightful, very funny and hugely entertaining. Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
Following many staid and contrived Austen adaptations, this sublime
period romp adds a thrilling splash of bemused, acidic humor. Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Austen did like to have fun with her characters to show the stranger sides we all have. Watching this classy adaptation of one of her lesser-known works will remind you of that, and make you laugh. Stephen Romei, The Australian