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Original Title: Hayatboyu
Directors: Asli Özge
Germany / Netherlands / Turkey
Turkish with English Subtitles
102 min
Main Competition

This expertly crafted, gorgeously shot drama explores the fading connection between Ela, a respected artist, and her husband Can, a successful architect. As the two grow apart, Ela worries that Can is cheating on her. Though in preparation for a major gallery show, Ela finds herself increasingly distracted. With the sophisticated tautness of a thriller and the devastating emotion of a tragedy, Lifelong tracks one relationship’s heartbreaking disintegration.

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Producer: Nadir Ãperli

Principal Cast: Defne Halman, Hakan Cimenser, Gizem Akman, Onur Dikmen

Film Format: DCP

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Asli Özge


Lifelong is Asli Özge’s second feature film. Her first theatrical feature Men on the Bridge (2009) premiered internationally at the Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals and won the Best Film awards at the Istanbul, Adana, Ankara and London Film Festivals. The film was released in several countries including Germany, the UK, USA (MoMA NYC), The Netherlands, and Turkey and has been shown at around 40 film festivals. Asli Özge was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1975 and has been living in Berlin since 2000. Özge is currently preparing her new film All of a Sudden which is presented in the Co-Production Market of 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.

Screenplay: Asli Özge

Producer: Nadir Öperli

Editor: Natali Barrey, Asli Özge

Principal Cast: Defne Halman, Hakan Cimenser, Gizem Akman, Onur Dikmen

Production Companies: Bulut Film

Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation
Goethe Institut