Maternal instinct and masculine rivalries collide in this meticulous psychological melodrama about a single mother struggling to survive in contemporary Istanbul.

Unable to pay back debts her no-good husband Cemal (Caner Cindoruk) accumulated before walking out, seamstress Emine (Aslihan Gürbüz) now faces the impossible task of paying for her son's urgently required heart surgery. A financial and emotional saviour arrives in the form of Ziya (Taner Birsel), a wealthy former business partner of her husband. So begins an engrossing tale of fidelity, love and desire in which Cemal's inevitable reappearance triggers slow-burn suspense. Ember is further distinguished by excellent performances and sharp observations of the clash between old and new values in modern-day Turkey – particularly those relating to the rights and status of women.

The latest film by Turkish director Zeki Demirkubuz stands among the best we have seen from Turkey in recent years. – Dimitri Eipides, Toronto Film Festival


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Zeki Demirkubuz

Turkey, Germany

115 mins

Turkish with English subtitles




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World Sales: Mavi Film