Present Tense

Simdiki zaman

dir. Belmin Söylemez

Present Tense

Simdiki zaman

dir. Belmin Söylemez

Present Tense

Simdiki zaman

dir. Belmin Söylemez

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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A young woman fleeing from a failing marriage takes a last-ditch job as a fortune teller in a small cafe, where she discovers that her problems — and her hopes — are not far different from those that burden her all-female clients.

Fleeing from a failing marriage and unable to return to her family for support, Mina (Sanem Oge) lives in a dilapidated building in Istanbul's Beyoglu district that is destined to be upgraded to a luxury hotel, ignoring eviction notices and dreaming of emigrating to America. Desperate for work, she lies about having experience as a fortune teller and is hired to ply her new trade in a club, where she discovers that her problems — and her hopes — are not far different from those that burden her all-female clients. (As the film's director Belmin Söylemez observes, "fortune-teller cafés are a haven of escape from uncertainty, anxiety, the unstable atmosphere that surrounds our life today.") Gorgeously filmed, Söylemez's first feature earned its star Oge the award for best actress at the 2012 Istanbul International Film Festival.