A Tale of Three Sisters

by Emin Alper

A Tale of Three Sisters


A TALE OF THREE SISTERS tells the story of three sisters from a poor village in Central Anatolia. The girls were adopted by affluent families as foster children (in Turkish ‘besleme’) in the hope of improving their lives. However, all three are forced to return to the village due to unforseen circumstances. When Reyhan returns home pregnant, her father Şevket hastily marries her off to the poor village shepherd Veysel, who is being treated with contempt not only in the village, but also in Şevket’s home. Havva comes back after the sad but inevitable death of her foster-brother, who has been fighting a terminal illness. A few days after Havva’s return, Nurhan is brought back to the village by her foster-father Necati. For the first time in years, Reyhan, Havva and Nurhan are reunited. Şevket’s greatest challenge is to persuade Necati to take Havva as ‘besleme’ into his home following Nurhan’s departure. With the help of the village mayor, he puts pressure on Necati. Veysel, who also has an agenda to leave as he despises being a shepherd, asks Necati for a job that will take him out of the village. As the three sisters negotiate their new yet familiar surroundings and relationships, Şevket, Necati and Veysel gather around a dinner table, all of which results in a series of unexpected clashes.


Emin Alper was born in 1974 in Ermenek, Karaman. Trained in economics and history at Bogazici University-Istanbul, Alper holds a PhD in Turkish Modern History. His first feature, BEYOND THE HILL (2012), received numerous awards including the Caligari Film Prize at Berlinale Forum and Best Film at Asia Pacific Awards. His second feature FRENZY (2015) premiered at 72nd Venice Film Festival's in Official Selection's competition and received Jury Special Prize. Aside from his filmmaking career, Emin Alper teaches modern history in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Istanbul Technical University.

2015 Frenzy (Abluka)
2012 Beyond The Hill (Tepenin Ardı)


Cemre Ebüzziya
Ece Yüksel
Helin Kandemir


Writer & Director Emin Alper
Producers Nadir Öperli, Muzaffer Yıldırım
Co-Producers Jonas Dornbach, Jannine Jackowski, Maren Ade, Stienette Bosklopper, Yorgos Tsourgiannis, Lisette Kelder, Enis Köstepen
Associate Producers Alexander Bohr, Nikos Moutselos, Engin Palabıyık
Director of Photography
Emre Erkmen
Giorgos Papaioannou, Nikos Papaioannou
Çiçek Kahraman
Ezgi Baltaş
Production Designer
İsmail Durmaz
Art Director
Osman Çankırılı
Marcel de Hoogd
1st Assistant Director
Özkan Yılmaz
Production Coordinator Selim Güntürkün
Production Manager
İbrahim Güldüren
Line Producer (Germany) Ben von Dobeneck
Head of Development (Germany)
Zsuzsanna Kiràly
Costume Designer
Alceste Tosca Wegner
Esma Keskin
Hatip Karabudak
Key Grip
Sedat Dülger
Sound Designer
Jos van Galen
Re-recording mixer
Nardi van Dijk
Color grading
Manos Hamilakis

Technical Data

format DCP / colour / 5.1
length 107 min.
original language Turkish

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