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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

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

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

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

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

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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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

german premiere

LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES will have its Regional Premiere on the 21. of November @19:30h in Filmladen Kassel and online for 6 days during the festival

chinese premiere

LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES will have its Regional Premiere in the competion programme from 22.-25.10.21

uk premiere

LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES will have its Regional Premiere in the dare programme

Friday 08 October 2021 18:15

BFI Southbank, NFT2

and:

Saturday 09 October 2021 12:30

Curzon Soho Cinema, Screen 3

ADANA GOLDEN BOLL FILM FESTIVAL

https://altinkozaff.org.tr/en/home-2/

turkish premiere

LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES will have its Turkish Premiere in the the national feature film competition

FLAHERTIANA

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russian premiere

LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES will celebrate its Regional Premiere in the international competition programme

fARAD DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

www.farad.ro

romanian premiere

LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES will celebrate its Regional Premiere in the competition programme

Sunday 5th of September, 18:30 h Cinema Arta

SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL

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regional premiere

LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES will celebrate its Regional Premiere in the competition programme

Tuesday 17 of August 

DOCS BARCELONA

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spanish premiere

LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES will celebrate its Spanish Premiere in the official section panorama.

Wednesday 18th May until Sunday 30th May

VISIONS DU RÉEL, NYON, CH

visionsdureel.ch

world premiere

LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES will celebrate its World Premiere in the festival's main competition.

Friday 23th April until Monday 26th April

awards & winnings

FLAHERTIANA FiILM FESTIVAL

https://www.flahertiana.ru/

second silver nanook
audience award

International competition

ADANA GOLDEN BOLL FILM FESTIVAL

https://altinkozaff.org.tr/en/home-2/

best film award
best editing award
special jury mention to Zeynep Çupur

National feature film competition

SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL

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human rights award

Competition Programme Documentary Film

VISIONS DU RÉEL, NYON, CH

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special jury award

International Feature Film Competition

 

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