Oscar nominated Mustang is a haunting, challenging film that explores the limits of female freedom.
As the first feature film of Turkish-French filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Mustang explores female suppression in contemporary Turkey. As a country defined by its strict moral codes, arranged marriages and overt conservatism – at least to the Western world – it’s no wonder this film was hotly contested in its home country.
Mustang tells the story of five young orphan girls whose freedom is suddenly squashed when they are caught monkeying around with fellow male classmates. Spurred by the disapproving gossip of their neighbours, their guardians furiously proceed to confine them while forced marriages are arranged. They are removed from school where they are told to stay home and learn to be good wives, for when the time comes.
The girls, with their fierce sisterly bonds, react with equal fury, determined to rebel and chase their own futures.
Beautifully realised, Ergüven’s Mustang is a sobering reminder of the cultural forces that still dominate many regions across the globe, including Turkey, with its blinkered views on women in society that act to squash women’s futures and their spirit.
“Unbridled like wild horses and revved up like the car built for exhilaration, the five young girls at the film’s centre exude a contagious enthusiasm for life. It’s catching, as is their wonderful camaraderie. Spontaneous laughter, long legs and even longer hair all seem to meld together as the orphan sisters rebel against everything in Deniz Gamze Erguven’s debut film” – Urban Cinefile
“Smart, perceptive, keenly observant, heartbreaking: how the world crushes girls and turns lively people into automatons merely because they are female” – Flick Filospher.
Don’t miss WM Premiere: Mustang, Wednesday 14 December at 8.30pm.