EN - A powerful poetic portrait of honour killing in the rural Kurdish southeast of Turkey. Twenty-two-year-old Dilan pays for her forbidden love for a young man in a neighbouring village with her life. She has shamed the family and therefore must die at the hands of her own brothers. And as tradition will have it, the killing must be compensated. Yet another victim must suffer, and six-year-old Emine is given to Dilan’s relatives.

FR - Houses With Small Windows est le portrait puissant, encore atténué, d’un crime d’honneur dans les zones rurales du sud-est kurde en Turquie. A 22 ans, Dilan paye de sa vie, son amour interdit pour un jeune homme d’un village voisin. Elle est la honte de sa famille et doit donc mourir des mains de ses propres frères.

Comme l’exige la tradition, son meurtre doit être compensé par une personne vivante. L’autre victime sera Emine, petite file de 6 ans livrée aux parents de Dilan. L’enfant sanglotant, réduite à une simple valeur d’échange, est arraché à sa mère.
Le réalisateur belgo-kurde Bülent Öztürk raconte cette histoire tragique pour une raison majeure. Sa mère ayant été victime du même type d’échange que la petite Emine.

Chaque année, 5000 femmes sont victimes de crimes d’honneur dans le monde. Chez le peuple kurde, cette pratique est très répandue. Houses With Small Windows traite de cet "honneur” avec une émotion bouleversante en conservant sobriété et poésie. Dans de belles images désolées, le silence porte une ombre sur les tragédies qui se déroulent, les rendant davantage insupportables. Plutôt que de livrer une quelconque explication ou exprimer le pardon, le réalisateur nous présente la réalité amère qui pèse sur des communautés entières en laissant le spectateur sans voix.

IT - Houses with small windows (Case dalle piccole finestre) è un potente ma anche delicato ritratto di un delitto d’onore nel rurale sud est kurdo della Turchia. Dilan, 22 anni, paga con la vita l’amore proibito per un giovane uomo di un villaggio vicino. Ha disonorato la famiglia e quindi deve morire per mano dei suoi fratelli. Così come vuole la tradizione, l’uccisione di Dilan deve essere compensata con un’altra vittima, una piccola bambina di 6 anni di nome Emine. La bimba, singhiozzante, strappata a sua madre, viene data in cambio ai parenti di Dilan.

Bülent Öztürk, regista belga-kurdo, racconta questa storia urgente per un buon motivo. Nel mondo ogni anno vengono uccise per delitti d’onore 5.000 donne. Tra i kurdi questa pratica è molto diffusa. La madre del regista subì lo stesso destino di Emine nel film.

Houses with small windows tratta questa storia emotivamente straziante in modo controllato e al contempo poetico. Con le sue belle e desolanti immagini, il silenzio esercita una lunga ombra sulle tragedie che si svelano, rendendole ancora più insopportabili. Piuttosto che fornire alcun tipo di spiegazione o condanna, il regista ci mostra una realtà amara che affligge intere comunità, lasciando lo spettatore senza parole.

Info

Title Houses With Small Windows
Original title Houses With Small Windows
Original language Kurdic
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-09-05

Credits

Cast Mizgin Mujde Arslan, Seyithan Altiparmak, Emine Korkmaz
Photography Hadewych Cocquyt
Editing Bert Jacobs, Pieter Smet & Jan Hameeuw
Sound Pol Vanlaer
Art director Bülent Öztürk
Costume Bülent Öztürk
Music Saïd Henareh

Technical specs

Running time film 15'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray, DVD
Aspect ratio 16/9
Sound format 5.1, stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D

Partners

Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners The Fridge

Festivals

2013: Venice Film Festival - Orizzonti Short Film Competition

Adana filmfestival (Turkey)

Antalya filmfestival (Turkey)

Filmfestival of Ghent

Duhok International Filmfestival

Festival of Valladolid

Cinemed

Zinebi

Internationaal kortfilmfestival van Leuven

Awards

Nomination best European Short (Venice) - EFA AWARDS

Best Kurdish film (Duhok film festival)

The Way of All Flesh and Houses With Small Windows nab top prizes in Tel Aviv

Deben Van Dam’s short film The Way of All Flesh has won the prize for best picture at the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival (31 May – 7 June), while Houses With Small Windows nabbed the first prize in the Mediterranean and Arab countries competition of the festival.

The Way of All FleshAs part of the international competition, The Way of All Flesh competed against 65 other short films from promising young directors coming from 30 countries worldwide.

Published on Tuesday 10 June 2014

Flanders shorts well represented in Psarokokalo line-up

Nine short films from Flanders take part in the international competition of the International Short Film Festival Psarokokalo in Athens, Greece. Six live-action shorts, two animation films and one documentary project made the line-up. The eighth edition of the festival runs from 10 till 16 July and presents some 120 shorts, selected out of 4,200 submissions.

Vol au ventLeonardo Van Dijl’s black-and-white short Get Ripped exposes the mental deterioration of a young man determined to transform his body. In its home territory, the film already screened at the Leuven International Short Film Festival, while it has also been confirmed for Outfest LA, which kicks off on July 10. The film is to take part in the fest’s International Male section.

Published on Tuesday 10 June 2014

Marina, I’m the same… and 82 Days in April to Valladolid

There's a strong Flemish presence at this year's Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain (19-26 October), where Stijn Coninx’ feature film Marina and Caroline Strubbe’s I’m the same I’m an other screen in the Official Competition and Bart Van den Bempt’s debut feature 82 Days in April is in the fest’s Meeting Point programme. Bülent Öztürk’s short film Houses With Small Windows and Pieter Coudyzer’sThe Wake complete the Flemish line-up.

I'm the same I'm an otherAs part of the Official Competition, both Marina and I’m the same I’m an other are vying for the Golden and Silver Spike with cash awards worth €60,000 and €20,000, respectively, to support a Spanish release of the film.

Published on Friday 18 October 2013

Houses With Small Windows Best European Short in Venice

Bülent Öztürk’s Houses With Small Windows scooped the Best European Short Award at this year's Venice International Film Fest.  This after receiving its world première in the fest’s Orizzonti section. Following the kudo, Houses With Small Windows is automatically nominated for the short film category of the European Film Awards.

Houses With Small WindowsA powerful yet muted portrait of an honour killing in the rural Kurdish southeast region of Turkey, Houses With Small Windows sees 22-year-old Dilan. With her forbidden love for a young man in a neighbouring village, she has shamed her family and therefore must die at the hands of her own brothers.

Published on Saturday 7 September 2013

Shortissimo: Bülent Öztürk's Houses With Small Windows

In Bülent Öztürk's Houses With Small Windows, a young Kurdish woman has shamed her family and therefore has to die at the hands of her own brothers. According to tradition the killing must be balanced out so yet another victim is made.

Text Ian Mundell

Still from Bülent Öztürk's Houses With Small WindowsBülent Oztürk was born in Turkey and came to Belgium as a student refugee in 1995. He attended film school in Brussels, returning to Turkey to shoot his graduation film, a documentary about the inhabitants of a supposedly deserted village. He followed this with Waiting, a documentary about survivors of the earthquake that hit eastern Turkey in October 2011.

Published on Friday 30 August 2013

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Short info

Director Bülent Öztürk
Producers Hanne Phlypo , Antoine Vermeesch
Writers Bülent Öztürk , Mizgin Mujde Arslan
Contact

Clin d'oeil Films
Hanne Phlypo
Groenejagersveld 65
1000 Brussels
Belgium
T +32 484 974 442
hanne@clindoeilfilms.be
info@clindoeilfilms.be
www.clindoeilfilms.be

Sales

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Website www.houseswithsmallwindows.be