EMRE YEKSAN (*1981) studied film sciences at the Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul and at the Sorbonne in Paris. He worked as a producer in Paris and in 2008 moved back to Istanbul. The Gulf is his directorial debut.
This restrained and realistic record of a personal crisis slowly but surely acquires allegorical dimensions. After a failed marriage about which he doesn’t want to speak, a young man, Selim, returns from Istanbul to his birthplace, Izmir – which just happens to be the birthplace of the filmmaker, who refers in his first full-length feature to autobiographical material as well as the state of the country. Selim doesn’t seem able to pick up where he left off. More