Acephale Acephale


Turkey, France, Romania /  2016 / 105 mins.

Turkish couple Bahar and Selma are eager to adopt a baby, but they want to keep it a secret in order to give the world the impression that their child is of natural birth. So they create a few fake photo albums, small bits of evidence to back up false memories. Things go awry when this relatively innocuous act leads to unanticipated results, with the couple getting tripped up in the bureaucratic dance of adoption. The debut feature from Mehmet Can Mertoglu, ALBÜM is surreal and wonderfully absurd, while also firmly rooted in the trappings of contemporary life. As it skewers how young urban professionals are supposed to look and act and even what they are supposed to want, it raises the question of what happens to these individuals when this pursuit backfires. (AFI Fest)

Stunningly photographed on 35mm by Marius Panduru (DP of Romanian New Wave cornerstone Police, Adjective), Mertoglu’s debut feature uses biting black humor to lampoon present-day Turkish society, capturing in equal measure the absurdity of reality and the reality of the absurd. (ND/NF)

  • Director

Mehmet Can Mertoglu

  • Cast

Sebnem Bozoklu, Murat Kiliç, Muttalip Mujdeci

  • Awards

Cannes, France 4 Visionary Award / Sarejevo, Best Film / Jarusalem Fipresci Prize

  • Quote

 “Elegantly opaque social satire.” -Guy Lodge , Variety

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