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Queen Lear:

King Lear travelling on the dusty roads to the remotest villages of Turkey turns delicately into Queen Lear in the hands of a peasant-women theatre group. California Premiere!

*Film is only available to U.S. audiences

Sixteen years ago, a handful of peasant women from the mountains of southern Turkey formed a theatre group, which later became the subject of the documentary The Play. The women acted out their own life stories in the village, and the play changed their lives. Now, they take to the road with an adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, travelling on the dusty and risky roads to remote, forgotten villages in the mountains of Turkey that are hardly reached by drinking water. The play delicately becomes Queen Lear in the hands of the group.

California Premiere! SDFF 2021 Jury Award Nominee - Best Feature!*

Awards l 26th International Adan Golden Boll Film Festival 2019 Yimaz Güney Best Film, Cüneyt Cebenoyan Best Film + Best Music Score

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Film is only available to U.S. audiences

  • Year
  • Runtime
    84 mins
  • Language
    Turkish w/ English subtitles
  • Country
  • Director
    Pelin Esmer
  • Screenwriter
    Pelin Esmer
  • Producer
    Pelin Esmer, Dilde Mahalli
  • Co-Producer
    Barıs Bıçakçı, Eda Arıkan, Feride Çiçekoglu
  • Filmmaker
    Pelin Esmer
  • Cast
    Behiye Yanık, Cennet Günes, Fatma Fatih, Ümmü Kurt, Zeynep Fatih, Hüseyin Arslanköylü
  • Cinematographer
    Morteza Atabaki, Pelin Esmer
  • Editor
    Pelin Esmer, Eren Aksu
  • Sound Design
    Kubilay Mustafa Tok
  • Music
    Barıs Diri