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.
A 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. But as tradition has it, the killing must be compensated. Another victim is made.
Through this story, Flemish-Kurdish director Bülent Öztürk sheds light on the widespread and profound issue that women all around the world, and especially among Kurds, are still being murdered in honour killings today.
By winning the prestigious award in Venice, Houses With Small Windows is now also one of the 15 nominated short films for the European Film Awards, organised by the European Film Academy (EFA). Together with Tom Van Avermaet’s Oscar-nominated short Death of a Shadow, which qualified after its win at the Valladolid Film Festival, Houses With Small Windows will be screened by EFA members after which the winner will be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin on December 7.
Houses With Small Windows was written by Bülent Öztürk and Mizgin Mujde Arslan. Hanne Phlypo and Antoine Vermeesch produced the film for Clin d’oeil Films (Silent Stories, The art of becoming), in co-production with The Fridge.tv. The short film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.