Rooted in the director’s fascination with history or, to be specific, who writes it, Albüm follows married couple Bahar and Cüneyt as they prepare to become parents for the first time. In essence, they seem like any other middle-class Turkish couple found lounging on the beach or at the mall. Bahar and Cüneyt however, are unable to have children and to remedy this they decide to adopt; a troublesome decision to make in Turkey where adoption is taboo. Desperate to save face, the couple fabricate memories, staging photos and even enlisting assorted bureaucrats to help them in their deceit. As their lie grows ever bigger however, so too does the risk of their being exposed.

Crediting directors Roy Anderson and Cristi Puiu as influence, Mertoğlu steeps Albüm in a similar brand of dry, despairing humor. He knows his subject and setting - bureaucracy and small town Turkey - intimately and in satirizing it so deftly and hilariously, raises issues that cannot fail to have universal resonance.

Album poster
Title
Album
Director
Mehmet Can MERTOĞLU
Country
Turkey, France, Romania
Length
104 min
Festival
2016
Section
Competition
Language
Turkish
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2016
Original title
Albüm
Cast
Şebnem BOZOKLU, Murat KILIÇ, Muttalip MÜJDECİ
Producer
Yoel Miranda, Cedomir Kolar, Oana Iancu
Script
Mehmet Can MERTOĞLU

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