UNTIL I LOSE MY BREATH
North American Premiere
Serap is a quiet but hotheaded adolescent working long hours in a cramped clothing workshop as a runner. Only one thing keeps her going: the hope of moving into an apartment with her father, a long–distance truck driver. When her father proves indifferent to Serap's wishes, she decides to take matters into her own hands. First–time writer/director Emine Emel Balcı weaves a deeply personal story about a young woman who must navigate the harsh world of factory life in Turkey while balancing the demands of her oppressive family. Using a flowing observational style, Balcı captures her protagonist in a way that brings the audience into her daily rhythms. This is a film where strands of hair blowing in the wind communicate the chaotic and beautiful inner world of a young woman more effectively than language or dialogue. With a stunning lead performance and incredibly precise filmmaking, this is one of the year's most auspicious debuts. — Lane Kneedler
Preceding short: MAMAN(S).
Emine Emel Balcı holds a film degree from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul. Her documentary short WOMEN OF THE LAKE and narrative short THE WAITING screened at numerous international film festivals. She has made two features: documentary film ICH LIEBE DICH in 2012, and 2015's narrative film UNTIL I LOSE MY BREATH.