Dormitory

Nehir Tuna

Talents Turkey, Germany, France 118 min Spanish premiere Fiction

Synopsis

1997, the tensions between religious and secular Turks are increasing. Fourteen-year-old Ahmet is sent by his recently converted father to an Islamic dormitory, a “Yurt”, to learn Muslim values. Ahmet works hard to be the perfect son but he has trouble fitting in with rough kids at the Yurt, and feels isolated in his day secular school, where he hides his new home from his classmates. His only solace is a new friend Hakan, a street-smart kid who knows how to work the Yurt system. Together they dream of making their own decisions.

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Themes

FriendshipAsian CinemaEuropean CinemaComing-of-ageHistoryChildhoodYouthFirst FeatureReligion

Filmmaker

Nehir Tuna

Graduated in Film from Columbia University and with a master’s degree in directing from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Tuna portrays the contemporary complexity of Turkey, combining social commentary with his own aesthetics. He has participated twice (2019 and 2020) in the Sundance screenwriting laboratories. He has directed seven short films prior to Dormitory, his debut feature, which is a sequel to his latest short, Ayakkabi.

Filmography: Dormitory (2023, D'A 2024), Ayakkabi (short film, 2018), Basur (short film, 2015), Friends (short film, 2017), Grandpas Know Best (short film, 2012), Mary’s Bathroom Camp (short film, 2010), 18 (short film, 2010), Virgin Island (short film, 2007)

Nehir Tuna

Film information

Int. title: Dormitory
Director: Nehir Tuna
Script: Nehir Tuna
Contact: Pyramide Films
With: Doga Karakas, Can Bartu Arslan, Ozan Çelik, Tansu Biçer, Didem Ellialti, Orhan Güner, Isilti Su Alyanak
Country: Turkey, Germany, France
Year: 2023
Format: DCP
Length: 118 min
Language: Turkish
Subtitles: English, Catalan

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Dormitory