A Regular Woman

by Sherry Hormann

A Regular Woman


Aynur is shot to death by her brother Nuri on a busy street in Berlin. Without suspecting anything, she accompanies him to the bus stop down the road, while her five-year-old son Can is asleep in her apartment only a few hundred miles away. How could this happen, what led to this deed?

In A REGULAR WOMAN, Aynur is telling her own story, her perspective of what happened. It is the story of a con dent young woman who loves life and knows exactly how she wants to live hers. A woman who escapes the violence of her marriage and refuses to let her brothers and parents dictate what she can and cannot do.

She gets her own apartment and her son, she apprentices as an electrician and she goes out to meet new men and friends. Although she knows that her behavior goes against her family's tradition and it can put her in danger, her desire for freedom is stronger. However, her brothers’ insults and threats get increasingly serious and before long, it is ultimately too late.

The film is based on the story of Hatun Aynur Sürücü, whose murder caused an outcry in 2005 and the witness is still in the witness protection program to this day.


Originally hailing from Kingston, New York, German- American writer and director Sherry Hormann won a number of awards, including the prestigious Bavarian Film Award and the Max Ophüls Silver Award for her directing debut SILENT SHADOW (1991). She had previously written the screenplay for Dominik Graf’s TIGER, LION, PANTHER (1987). Her feature film FATHER’S DAY in 1996, a romantic comedy was a big box office hit. She then continued shooting comedies such as „GUYS AND BALLS“ that won several awards at international Gay and Lesbian Film festivals, such as L.A Outfest. Sherry Hormann then returned to her origins of writing and directing drama. She went to Africa, did extensive research on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), then wrote the screenplay and directed DESERT FLOWER (2009) based on Waris Dirie’s bestseller. The film was not only successful in Germany with more than one million admissions, but as well internationally. The movie won among other awards the Audience Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Desert Flower changed the public view on FGM sustainability. Her last feature film 3096 DAYS is based on the true story of Natascha Kampusch, the 10-year-old child from Vienna, that was kidnapped and held in a bunker for 8 years. It was the last project of renowned producer Bernd Eichinger. It was released in spring 2013, highly acclaimed critically and performed very well at the German box office. Hormann then worked on several prestigious TV projects. A REGULAR WOMAN is her ninth feature.

2019 A Regular Woman
2013 3096 Days
2011 The Pursuit of Happiness
2009 Desert Flower
2004 Guys and Balls
1999 Widows
1996 Fathers Day
1994 Women Are Simply Wonderful
1990 Silent Shadows


Almila Bagriacik
Rauand Taleb
Meral Perin
Mürtüz Yolcu
Armin Wahedi
Aram Arami


Directed by Sherry Hormann
Written by Florian Oeller
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Editor Bettina Böhler
Casting Simone Bär
Photography Mathias Bothor
Production Designer Uli Friedrich
Costume Designer Jessica Specker
Makeup Designer Isabelle Neu, Christna Birnbaum
Music Fabien Römer
Light Design Timm Brücker
Original Sound Rainer Gerlach
Sound Mix Dominik Rätz
Sound Design Thomas Neumann
Production Management Peter Effenberg
Executive Production Patrick Dresen
Producer Sandra Maischberger

Technical Data

format DCP / colour / 5.1
length 92 min.
original language German, Turkish

Technical Data

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