MUSTANG, “a stunning debut” (Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times) by director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, is a bracing and timely story about vibrant young women living in a world of sexual repression. It’s the last day of school in a coastal village in modern-day Turkey, and five orphaned sisters celebrate their summer freedom by innocently frolicking in the surf with some boys. But a stern neighbor reports their supposedly lewd behavior to their grandmother. Fearful that the sisters’ marriage chances have been harmed, the grandmother holds them as virtual prisoners in their home and brings in a parade of potential husbands. It falls to the youngest sister, 13-year-old Lale (Günes Sensoy), to engineer the girls’ escape from their increasingly oppressive new existence.
MUSTANG, a 2016 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, has been universally acclaimed. Anthony Lane of The New Yorker called it “quite something: a coming-of-age fable mapped onto a prison break, at once dream-hazed and sharp-edged with suspense.” Steven Rea of The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “Ergüven’s film, beautifully shot and beautifully performed, cuts its storybook tone with starker, more brutal truths.”
Cohen Media Group’s MUSTANG DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo both include “A Drop of Water,” a short film by Ergüven, an interview with the cast, collectible booklets and more.