The French movie titled Mustang is competing with Son of Saul in the category of best foreign language film at the Academy Awards in 2016. There were beautiful portraits made of the five Turkish girls who are suppressed by strict traditions and long for freedom. The director of the movie talked about what it’s like to be the only woman among other directors.

Deniz Gamze Ergüven is the only female director whose film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2016. Mustang is chasing Son of Saul, they were competing in Cannes, then for the Golden Globe, and now for the Academy Award in the category of the best foreign language film.

Mustang won the grand prize of CineFest in Miskolc and the LUX Prize as well, but on the more significant festivals Son of Saul has won the prizes up to now.

Mustang is set in a small Turkish village where five orphaned girls find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. The actresses impersonating the girls are all beautiful, W Magazine has made gorgeous portraits of them.

Deniz Gamze Ergüven the director grew up in Paris and talked in an interview to a magazine that Turkey didn’t really like the movie and tried everything to make her story less authentic.

“This nomination has given us power and support. In Turkey they teach you that you make a mistake if you try to express yourself. They attack everyone who asks questions. One of the most significant Turkish daily newspapers’ editor is in jail now. Turkey has the most journalists in jail currently” – said the director, who thinks that it would be unimaginable that Turkey would every nominate the movie for an Academy Award.

She also talked about feeling a bit strange among her many male colleagues as she seemed to be weaker because of differences in their appearances. “I really like them but there they are with their masculine posture and behaviour, while I’m there in my flowery dress and quiet voice. The only thing that bothers me is that I seem to be weaker and fragile. But I’m strong even if my appearance doesn’t indicate it.”

The director who was pregnant during working on Mustang told that when she had heard that her movie had been nominated, she didn’t care who she had to compete against, but she was sure that the five heroines would be with her at the gala.

“I was really lonely at the Golden Globe, and it’s sure that they will be there with me at the Academy Awards gala. They are all rebels who really get the message of the movie. They are incredible on the red carpet. They are totally out of control” – said the director.

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