QUEEN LEAR

84 minutes, 2019
Director : Pelin ESMER (Turkey)
Production : Sinefilm (Turkey)

A travelling theatre group of Turkish peasant women performs along the dusty and treacherous roads winding up to the most remote mountain villages, where even drinking water is difficult to find. They transform Shakespeare’s “King Lear” into “Queen Lear”.

Pelin ESMER is a Turkish film-maker based in Istanbul. Having studied sociology, she turned to films. While working as an assistant director, she started making her own films. After her first documentary “The Collector”, she created her own company Sinefilm and wrote, directed and produced: “The Play” (Oyun received an award at the 2006 PriMed), “10 to 11”, “Watchtower” and “Something Useful”. Her films have been shown at several festivals around the world, notably in San Sebastian, Toronto, Rotterdam, Tribeca, Tallinn, Gothenburg, winning several awards.

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