"What makes the transfixing film so effective is that the director refuses to portray them simplistically, as misunderstood angels"
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"A beautifully mounted story about the demonization of young female sexuality in a remote Turkish village."
- Jay Weissberg, Variety
Heart of Sarajevo Award - 2015 Sarajevo Film Festival
Europa Cinemas Prize - 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Audience Award - 2015 Chicago International Film Festival
Best First Film Award - 2015 Philadelphia Film Festival
Offical Selection - 2015 Toronto International Film Festival


Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.
Original Languages: Turkish
Genre: Drama|World Cinema
Running Time: 94
Year: 2015


Nihal Koldas ()
Ayberk Pekcan ()
Ilayda Akdogan ()
Elit Iscan ()
Tugba Sunguroglu ()
Dogba Doguslu ()
Gunes Sensoy ()
Deniz Gamze Ergüven



Ilayda Akdogan and Tugba Sunguroglu with Elit Iscan facing away from camera, Gunes Sensoy laying across, Doga Zeynep Doguslu shoulder in lower left corner. Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group.
Clockwise starting with actress in red sash: Tugba Sunguroglu, Ilayda Akdogan, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Elit Iscan, and Gunes Sensoy in MUSTANG. Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group.
Tugba Sunguroglu, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan, and Gunes Sensoy in MUSTANG. Photo courtesy of Cohen Media Group.
Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven. Courtesy of Cohen Media.