About the Film

In a village in northern Turkey, five orphaned sisters live under strict rule while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages.


  • Winner - 6 César Awards
  • Nominee - Best Foreign Language Film - 2016 Academy Awards
  • Nominee - Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language - 2016 Golden Globes

About the Guest Moderator

Tim Jackson is an actor, musician, director, and film critic. He is currently an assistant professor at the New England Institute of Art in Digital Film and Video. Jackson has directed three documentaries: Chaos and Order: Making American Theater, Radical Jesters, and When Things Go Wrong and he is currently finishing American Gurner, a documentary short about his participation in the British 'gurning' competition. Jackson is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. He is co-film critic with Gerald Peary at The Arts Fuse and writes his own blog.

About the Director

Born in Ankara in 1978, Deniz Gamze Ergüven had a very cosmopolitan upbringing, between France, Turkey and the United States. A compulsive cinephile, she studied directing at La Fémis in Paris, after a BA in literature and an MA in African History at Johannesburg. Her graduation film, Bir Damla Su (Une goutte d'eau), screened at the Cannes Festival Cinéfondation and won a Leopards of Tomorrow Award at the Locarno Festival. After graduating from La Fémis, Denis Gamze Ergüven developed a debut feature set in South Central, Los Angeles, during the 1992 riots. Titled Kings, the project was selected by Emergence, the Cinéfondation Workshop and Sundance Screenwriters Lab. It was set to one side in favor of Mustang, co-written with Alice Winocour in the summer of 2012. The story of an emancipation, Mustang is a powerful, female take on contemporary Turkey. Deniz Gamze Ergüven shot it around Inebolu in northern Turkey, 600 kilometers from Istanbul.

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New Cinema Programming

Starting this Spring, cinema is taking the leap at the French Cultural Center. We have revisited and expanded our programming to offer you new ways to experience the best of French and Francophone cinema. While continuing the monthly Ciné-Clubs to catch up on recent films from the Francophone world, we are launching Ciné-Rétro, a two-evening marathon to discover or re-discover some 1940s to 1970s French classics and Ciné-Loulous, where children and their families can enjoy French animated gems followed by arts and crafts activities inspired by the film. As always, you will be able to mingle and discuss the films with our in-house film expert, fellow cinéphiles and francophiles.


This program is made possible thanks in part to the Consulate General of France in Boston, the Mosaïque Cultural Fund and Steven Galante, Chairman of the French Cultural Center.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 17, 2016 At 6:30 PM

Screening of the documentary Howard Zinn, A Popular American History, introduced by directors Daniel Mermet and Olivier Azam.

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Ex Libris ExChange

an international collaborative art project

From Oct 7, 2016 To Nov 1, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 6, 6:30 PM -8:30 PM

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New Members Event

Autumn in Alsace Party

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:30 PM To 8:30 PM

SOLD OUT! Mingle with fellow new members while enjoying traditional treats and refreshing beverages from the French region of Alsace!

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