BAL (HONEY)

MATERIALS

DOCUMENTATION

PHOTOS

SEMIH KAPLANOGLU

2009 || Turkey-Germany || 35mm || Color || Feature

WORLD SALES

The Match Factory (Cologne)

FESTIVALS / AWARDS

Berlin 10 - Winner - Golden Bear & Ecumenical Prize

SYNOPSIS

From the writer-director of  SÜT (MILK) and YUMURTA (EGG)...

Yusuf is an only child who lives with his parents in an isolated mountain area. For the young boy, the surrounding forest becomes a place of mystery and adventure when accompanying his father on the job. Yusuf watches in admiration as his beekeeper father Yakup hangs specially-made hives at the top of the tallest trees. With the skill of a tightrope acrobat, he must often suspend dangerously from the uppermost branches to gather honey. The strong bond that he has with his father cannot protect Yusuf from becoming an outsider during his first year of school. Yusuf's stutter shames him in front of his classmates during oral reading assignments. Yusuf's anxieties escalate when his father must travel to a faraway forest on a risky mission. His father gone, Yusuf slips into silence to the distress of his pretty young mother Zehra. Days pass and Yakup still does not return. Yusuf sees his mother becoming sadder everyday. Yusuf summons all of his courage and goes deep into the forest to search for his father. A journey into the unknown...

PRESS QUOTES

Very beautiful ... the heightened soundscape of forest sounds, birdsong and creaking branches, does engage the viewer in the film’s version of a timeless elsewhere.
Lee Marshall, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL (UK)

Beautiful meditation on familial love and the mysteries of nature ... Measured and contemplative with a remarkable performance by Boras Altas, then 7, and superlative cinematography by Baris Ozbicer ... Slow-paced and without music other than the calls and cries of the forest creatures, "Honey" suggests that while nature is not full of human kindness, humans may find salvation there.
Ray Bennett, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER (USA)

As beautiful as an ancient Mediterranean poem ...
Gerard Lefort, LIBERATION (France)

The film has no musical accompaniment, but only sounds of nature, and was achieved without artificial lighting. Even the actors move without talking too much.
Fabio Ferzetti, IL MESSAGGERO (Italy)

The sentimental and aromatic visual treatment is Kapanolgou's way of keeping the story to match the look of the child, the spiritual and natural sensations ... The viewer is transported to a strong and almost untouched nature of forests of ancient trees.
E. Rodriguez Marchante, ABC (Spain)