EN - Flemish-born Turk Ibrahim (aka ‘Bram’) is 27 and really should be getting married according to his traditional parents. What they don’t realise is that he is much more interested in getting close to blonde Kevin, who works at the local chip shop. Finally, they lay down the law: Bram must travel to Turkey and meet his 18-year-old cousin Elif to whom he is betrothed. Although he bows to their wishes, he cannot resist taking Kevin with him. In the meantime, rumours swirl around their multicultural 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…

FR - Ibrahim "Bram" Aydin est un Turc naturalisé belge de 27 ans qui, selon ses parents traditionnels, devrait sérieusement penser à se marier. Ce que ses parents ne savent pas, c'est que leur fils essaie surtout de se rapprocher de Kevin, un joli blond qui travaille dans une friterie locale. Les parents de Bram finissent par imposer les règles: il doit voyager en Turquie pour y rencontrer Elif, sa cousine de 18 ans, qu'il épousera. Bien que Bram s'incline, il ne peut résister à l'envie d'entraîner Kevin dans son voyage. Entretemps, des rumeurs sur les "penchants" de Bram fusent dans leur voisinage multiculturel anversois.

Pour compliquer encore la situation, Furkan, le frère de Bram qui a rejoint un groupe de fondamentalistes islamiques, découvre la relation entre Bram et Kevin, ce qui les menace davantage.

Mixed Kebab est un film à propos d’un jeune homme tiraillé non pas entre deux mondes, mais quatre : traditionnel et moderne, gay et hétéro.

Info

Title Mixed Kebab
Original title Mixed Kebab
Original language Dutch, Turkish
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Year 2011

Credits

Cast Cem Akkanat, Simon Van Buyten, Gamze Tazim, Lukas De Wolf, Karlijn Sileghem
Photography Björn Charpentier
Editing Marc Wouters
Music Buscemi, Michel Biseglia

Technical specs

Running time film 98'
Release format RED 4.5 K
Aspect ratio 1:2.35 (scope)
Sound format Dolby Digital
Colour Colour
Available in 2D

Partners

Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

Reel Suspects puts Mixed Kebab on menu

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.

mixed kebab guy lee thysGuy 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.

Published on Friday 16 March 2012

Cinequest features five from Flanders

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.

Boris Sverlow's Shattered PastMixed 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.

Published on Wednesday 8 February 2012

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Short info

Director Guy Lee Thys
Producers Guy Lee Thys
Writers Guy Lee Thys
Contact

Fact & Fiction
Guy Lee Thys
Britse Lei 72
2000 Antwerp
Belgium
guy@guyleethys.be
www.mixedkebab.com

Sales

Reel Suspects
Matteo Lovadina
42 rue René Boulanger
75010 Paris
France
T +33 (0)1 42 40 12 84
F +33 (0)9 57 73 07 66
m@reelsuspects.com
www.reelsuspects.com

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