QUEEN LEAR / Kraliçe Learby

Turkey, 2019, 84’

Technical Film summary

Director : Pelin Esmer
Scenario : Pelin Esmer
Distribution : Behiye Yanık, Ümmü Kurt, Zeynep Fatih, Fatma Fatih, Hüseyin Arslanköylü, Cennet Güneş, Erkan Güzel, Ahmet Aksoy
Producers/strong> : Pelin Esmer, Dilde Mahalli
Image : Morteza Atabaki, Pelin Esmer
Sound : Hüseyin Can Erol, Kubilay Mustafa Tok
Editing : Pelin Esmer, Eren Aksu
Production / Diffusion : Sinefilm
Holder organization : Sinefilm, Sweet Spot Docs


A travelling theatre troupe of Turkish peasant women, along the dusty and perilous roads that lead to the remotest villages in the mountains, where even drinking water is hard to come by, transforms Shakespeare’s King Lear into Queen Lear.

Pelin Esmer

Pelin Esmer is a Turkish filmmaker based in Istanbul. After studying sociology, she chose Cinema. While working as an assistant director in the film industry, she started making her own films. After her first documentary The Collector, she founded her film company Sinefilm and wrote, directed and produced her films The Play, 10 to 11, Watchtower and Something Useful. In 2007 she was invited by the Résidence de la Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival in Paris and in 2018 by the DAAD Artist Program in Berlin.