Turkey 2010, Feature Film, 93’ | Director, Screenplay Belma Baş | DoP Mehmet Y. Zengin | Editor Berke Baş | Sound İsmail Karadaş, Çağrı Ayyıldız | Cast Şeyma Uzunlar, Vahide Gördüm, Sevinç Baş, O. Rüştü Baş, Fatma Uzunlar, Harun Uzunlar | Producers Seyhan Kaya, Birol Akbaba | World Sales Akin Duyar

»The film’s title literally means “soft breeze blowing from the west.” It is the mythological name for the god of the west wind, the jealous Zephyrus. The mother's name is Ay  - which means moon in Turkish -  also because of its mythological connotations. The mother is quite a secretive character. To concentrate more on Zephyr’s filial obsession and solitary existence, I chose to provide only a few pointers about the mother’s reasons for leaving. So that the dark side of the moon remains in darkness throughout the film.«

Zephyr, a strong-willed adolescent girl, spends the summer at her grandparents' country home on the foothills of Turkey's Eastern Black Sea Mountains. She roams around carefree and helps her grandparents with daily chores. Her grandfather explains things to her about the woods, about mushrooms, together they bury dead animals that they find. All the while she deeply longs for her mother and hopes that she will soon come to take her home. Her mother finally shows up, but only to say farewell before taking up voluntary work abroad. Zephyr hears Ay’s explanation in total silence. On the day of Ay’s departure, Zephyr sneaks out of the house and she follows her mother to the end of the road.


BELMA BAS was born in 1969, in Ordu, Turkey. She earned her BA degree in English Literature from Istanbul University in 1992. A literary translator since 1990, she also worked full-time for Turkish film institutions as a manager for international relations and festival manager from 1991 to 1998, and was on the committee that recommended Turkish films for Cannes and Montreal. Her debut short film Poyraz was premiered in the competition at the 59th Cannes Film Festival.


Films by Belma Baş
Poyraz 2006


Awards for ›Zefir‹ (Selection)
PiuCulture Jury Prize, MedFilm Festival, Rome 2011 | Preis für die beste Bildgestaltung und Turksoy Special Prize, Kazan International Muslim Film Festival 2011 | FIPRESCI Prize, Ankara-Flying Broom Women’s Film Festival, 2011 | Preis für das beste Drehbuch national, Istanbul International Film Festival 2011 | NETPAC Award, Abu Dhabi International Film Festival 2010



Belma Baş
Feature Film
Debut Feature Film Competition