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Cannes Buy: ‘Mustang’ Goes to Cohen Media Group

Cannes Buy: 'Mustang' Goes to Cohen Media Group

Set in a contemporary Black Sea coast village, the drama about five vibrant young Turkish sisters debuted in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.

“Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s incredibly confident feature film directorial debut takes a serious subject and handles it with such a sure yet light touch that one can’t help being emotionally connected to the young women she portrays with great compassion,” said CMG President Daniel Battsek. CMG will release the film theatrically in early 2016.

In the film, five orphaned sisters live with their grandmother, an aunt and an abusive uncle. On the last day of school, the girls celebrate their summer freedom by frolicking innocently in the surf with a group of boys. When an interfering neighbor tells the girls’ grandmother that they behaved inappropriately, she’s afraid that the girls’ marriage prospects may be harmed and holds them prisoner in their home. She removes their phones, makes them wear drab clothes, trains them in household chores and brings in a line of potential husbands. The youngest sister, 13-year-old Lale (Gunes Nezihe Sensoy) engineers the girls’ initial escape. 

The film is produced by CG Cinema’s Charles Gillibert (“Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Eden”).

CMG’s 2014 Cannes acquisition, West African drama “Timbuktu” won seven Cesar awards, an Academy Award nomination and grossed $1.1 million at the U.S. box office.

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