Araf – Somewhere In-Between

Year of participation 2013
Program Feature Competition

Araf – Somewhere In-Between
Producer(s) Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Director(s) Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Script Yeşim Ustaoğlu
Director of Photography Michael Hammon
Production designer Osman Özcan
Music by Marc Marder
Sound Bruno Tarrière
Edit Mathilde Muyard, Svetolik Mica Zajc, Naim Kanat
Cast Özcan Deniz, Neslihan Atagül, Barıs Hacıhan, Ilgaz Kocatürk, Nihal Yalçın

Production company(-ies) Ustaoglu Film (Turkey) Nergis sok. No: 8/7 Kat: 2 Asmalımescit Mah. Tünel – Beyoğlu, 34430 İstanbul, Türkiye 0090 212 249 76 44 CDP 25, rue Gambetta, 92100 Boulogne, France 33 1 46 05 00 22 The Match Factory Balthasarstr. 79-81 50670 Cologne, Germany 0049 221 539 709-0


Near a lonely highway pretty Zehra and handsome Olgun spend most of their youth working in a service station cafeteria with monotonous work shifts, broken up only by sparks of naive expectations of a brighter future. The once important industrial area is now a faceless place of economic waste and unemployment. This has caused most of the area's occupants to escape to the big cities. But Zehra, Olgun and their friends still remain, caught somewhere in between the past and an uncertain future, with dreams and hopes. An older truck driver named Mahur fascinates Zehra, though this turns into a tragic first love. Olgun, still a young man, will experience a bittersweet rite of passage, leading to both suffering and awakening. But as Zehra and Olgun say goodbye to their childhood innocence, love and hope will help them to move forward.


Black Pearl Award, Abu Dhabi IFF, Emirates, 2012; Best Actress, Tokyo IFF, Japan, 2012; Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics Award, Sofia IFF,  Bulgaria, 2013; Amakourou prize, Mooov FF, Belgium, 2013; Winner of Hook of the Festival,  Split Mediterranean IFF, Croatia, 2013

 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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