EN - Ibrahim “Bram” Aydin is a Belgian-born Turk, who, at 27, should really be getting married, according to his traditional parents. What Bram’s parents don’t realise is that he is much more interested in getting close to the cute, blonde Kevin, who works at the local chip shop. Finally, Bram’s parents lay down the law: He must travel to Turkey and meet with his 18-year-old cousin Elif, who he will marry. Although Bram bows to their wishes, he cannot resist taking Kevin with him on his trip. In the meantime, rumours swirl around their multi-cultural Antwerp neighbourhood about Bram’s “inclinations”.
Complicating the situation further is Bram’s streetwise brother Furkan, who joins a group of Islamic fundamentalists, finds out about Bram’s relationship with Kevin and plots to expose them – or possibly do worse.
Mixed Kebab is a film about a young man caught not just between two worlds but four: traditional and modern, gay and straight.
|Original title||Mixed Kebab|
|Original version||Dutch, Turkish|
|Year of production||2011|
|Cast||Cem Akkanat, Simon Van Buyten, Gamze Tazim, Lukas De Wolf, Karlijn Sileghem|
|Music||Buscemi, Michel Biseglia|
|Running time film||98'|
|Release format||RED 4.5 K|
|Aspect ratio||1:2.35 (scope)|
|Sound format||Dolby Digital|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)|
Matteo Lovadina's international sales operation Reel Suspects is to represent Mixed Kebab, Guy Lee Thys' new gay-themed feature. Lovadina already has Koen Mortier's 22nd of May in his portfolio.
Guy Lee Thys' fifth feature, Mixed Kebab tells the story of Ibrahim, who falls in love with the young and handsome Kevin. His more conventional kid brother Furkan converts to Islamic fundamentalism and threatens to reveal Ibrahim's forbidden love to their traditional and staunchly religious father. Mixed Kebab received its world premiere on 29 February. The film was also invited to San Jose's Cinequest fest. Thys' previous films include Kassablanka and Suspect.
Guy Lee Thys’ new feature Mixed Kebab and Geoffrey Enthoven’s award-winning Come As You Are have been selected for the Cinequest Film Festival (28 February-11 March) in California. Three shorts also made it to the pioneering fest's final line-up: Kevin Meul’s The Extraordinary Life of Rocky, Boris Sverlow’s Shattered Past and Nicolas Daenens’ 27.
Mixed Kebab, which will premiere internationally in the Global Landscapes Competition of the festival, is praised by Cinequest’s Terra Wood for the way the ‘electrifying and multicultural cast brilliantly captures courage, tolerance and the beauty of love conquering hate’. Geoffrey Enthoven returns to Cinequest after his previous feature The Over the Hill Band was presented as part of the 2010 edition of the fest.
Last edited on 5 December 2012