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les enfants terribles

a film by Ahmet Necdet Çupur

Les Enfants terribles wins
Human Rights Award of Sarajevo Film Festival

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... clear, unambiguous and fascinating to observe.

Nick Cunningham, Business Doc Europe
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In a village in the south east of Turkey, Mahmut wants to divorce his newly-wed wife. At the same time, his sister Zeynep enrols in an open high school and takes on a job in a factory. Against her father’s wishes, she wants to leave the village and ultimately go to university. The siblings’ demands become the center of conflict in their conservative family and community, who are not used to what Mahmut and Zeynep strive for. Intimately captured by their elder brother Ahmet Necdet Cupur, who left the village twenty years ago to pursue his studies, LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES is a story of clashes between generations, between the past and the present.

 
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Les Enfants Terribles is an amazing feature debut
and a truly intimate story. Must see!

Zeynep

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Zeynep started a factory job in 2017. She was one of the first girls in the family. This phenomenon caused a change in the lifestyle of these girls who have begun to earn more money than their parents. They have begun to see their economic contribution to their families. Gradually, they were becoming aware of their individual rights. But with a little economic power, the girls have started to desire different futures for themselves.
After two years, unfortunately the program began to make the situation even worse for young girls. Working sixty hours per week, not touching their salaries and losing their jobs when they become eighteen years old resulted for most girls to accept their “predetermined fate”. They went back to get married early and obey to their parents. But not Zeynep!

 

Nezahat

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Nezahat was registered years after her birth. She was the seventh child of a nine children family. She lost her father at the age of five. Her mother became more authoritative shouldering the responsibility of being a father and a mother at the same time until the eldest son became an adult. Nezahat was left at the mercy of her eldest brother. She was twelve years old when she was engaged to Mahmut. Mahmut was a friend of Nezahat’s brother. She dropped schooling and tried to learn how to tend a husband and a house. She was married to Mahmut in 2016 though she has met him once or twice in her life.

Mahmut

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When Mahmut experienced the first night with Nezahat, a very young girl lying on his bed trembling of fear of him, he understood what a great mistake he has commited. He couldn’t live with her, so he left to work in Kuwait coming back once or twice a year while she waits for him in his family house. Now, after two years of marriage, Mahmut wishes to get a divorce.

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Ahmet Necdet Çupur

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Ahmet Necdet Çupur worked for three years in Iraq and Afghanistan during the war as a civil engineer. He decided to be a filmmaker and moved to Paris. Two years after his arrival, he got funding from CNC for his short film ‘Latin Babylon’. The year he completed his film, he returned to his village in Turkey, after twenty years, and shot LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES a documentary about his family with the funds from CNC France, Sundance DFP for production, World Cinema Fund of Berlinale among others The documentary made its world premiere in the official selection of Vision du Reel in 2021.

 
 

DIRECTOR
Ahmet Necdet Çupur

DOP

Ahmet Necdet Çupur

ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE

Lucie Baudinaud

PRODUCER
Delphine Morel
Anke Petersen
Nadir Öperli

SOUND
Ahmet Necdet Çupur

Gürkan Özkaya

Johannes Grehl

EDITING
Mathilde van de Moortel
Elif Uluengin
Nicolas Sublarti

MUSIC
Paradox Paradise
John Gürtler & Jan Miserre

DURATION

92 min

 

YEAR

2021

 

COUNTRY

France, Germany, Turkey

 

LANGUAGES

Turkish, Arabic

 

SUBTITLES

English, French

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​​​tsproductions.fr
Paris, France

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​​jyotifilm.de
Hamburg, Germany

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limanfilm.com
Istanbul, Turkey

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​​​deckert-distribution.com
Leipzig, Germany

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​​noisefilmpr.com
Berlin, Germany

 
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Producer
Delphine Morel
dmorel@tsproductions.net

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Co-Producer
Anke Petersen
anke@jyotifilm.de

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Co-Producer
Nadir Öperli
nadir.operli@limanfilm.com

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Distribution

Liselot Verbrugge

liselot@deckert-distribution.com

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Public Relations

Mirjam Wiekenkamp

mirjam@noisefilmpr.com

Image by Alex Avalos
 
 

screenings & festivals

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT FESTIVAL
www.icapff.com
istanbul premiere
screenings from 26. November - 2. December

CINÉMA VÉRITÉ
filmfreeway.com
iranian premiere
Teheran is calling! Cinéma Vérité ID from  9. - 16. December

CINEMAMED
www.cinemamed.be
belgian premiere
Cinemamed Festival in Brussels from 02. - 11. December

HRFF
www.humanrightsfilmfestival.ch
zurich premiere
Zurich Human Rights Film Festival from 02. - 07. December

IDFA
www.idfa.nl
dutch premiere
5 screenings in the Best of Fests section @IDFA from 18. - 28. November

KASSELLER DOKFEST
www.kasselerdokfest.de
german premiere
Regional Premiere on the 21. of November

RIDM MONTRÈAL
ridm.ca
north american premiere
Regional Premiere on the 14. of November

CAMERIMAGE
camerimage.pl
polish premiere
Regional Premiere on the 14. of November

GUANGNEUNG GIFF
www.giff.kr
south korean premiere
Regional Premiere in the week of 22. - 31. October

WEST LAKE IDF
www.westlakeidf.com
chinese premiere
Regional Premiere in the competion programme from 22. - 25. October

CINEMED
www.cinemed.tm.fr
french screening
documentary section in Montpellier, 15. - 23. October

BFI LONDON
whatson.bfi.org.uk
uk premiere
Regional Premiere in the dare program

ADANA GOLDEN BOLL FILM FESTIVAL
altinkozaff.org.tr
turkish premiere
Turkish Premiere in the the national feature film competition

FLAHERTIANA
eng.flahertiana.ru
russian premiere
Regional Premiere in the international competition program

FARAD DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
www.farad.ro
romanian premiere
Regional Premiere in the competition program

SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL
sff.ba
regional premiere
Regional Premiere in the competition program Tuesday 17 of August

DOCS BARCELONA
docsbarcelona.com
spanish premiere
Spanish Premiere in the official section panorama 18. - 30. of May

VISIONS DU RÉEL, NYON, CH
visionsdureel.ch
world premiere
World Premiere in the festival's main competition 23. April - 26. of April

awards & winnings

CINÉMA VÉRITÉ  
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best film award
international competition

CINEMAMED BELGIUM
www.cinemamed.be
young jury award
official competition

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT FESTIVAL
www.icapff.com
jury special award
feature movie

CINEMED
www.cinemed.tm.fr
mention of Prix Ulysse Decipro - Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole
documentary section

FLAHERTIANA FiILM FESTIVAL
www.flahertiana.ru
second silver nanook | audience award
International competition

ADANA GOLDEN BOLL FILM FESTIVAL
altinkozaff.org.tr
best film award | best editing award | special jury mention to Zeynep Çupur
National feature film competition

SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL
sff.ba
human rights award
Competition Programme Documentary Film

VISIONS DU RÉEL, NYON, CH

visionsdureel.ch

special jury award
International Feature Film Competition

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