Neandria

Reha Erdem

Dutch premiere

Suna is a teenage athlete, living with her mother in a mountain village in Turkey. Here, it’s the same as everywhere. Things are run by older men who know it all, environmental destruction looms, and greed beats in most hearts. In this village, only the young seem to search for freedom.  

Suna’s success as an athlete is her mother’s only hope for a more abundant future. And so, Suna relentlessly trains every day. Suna’s uncle, the village headman, is always on the lookout for ways to close his debt. His wife, whom he married by force, keeps eloping only to be found on the outskirts of the village each time. 12-year-old Filiz shoots YouTube videos and feels ‘nothing happens!’.

But things happen. A young imam arrives, and he is strange: he forgets the calls to prayer and spends his nights on the mountain. A dead girl is found in the river and a conflict around the stone quarry escalates. People seem to go crazy. Suna is the only one with the innocence and courage to ask: ‘Who is to tell you what is good?’  Here in this village, power needs re-definition. And a young woman’s brave heart is the best place to start. 

Credits

Director
Reha Erdem
Producer
Ali Ömer Atay, Serra Ciliv
Year
2023
Country of production
Turkey
Type
Fiction
Duration
90 minutes
Spoken language
Turkish
Subtitles
EN
World Sales
Atlantik Film