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TRAILER

STORY

Sefa has a natural talent for swimming. He has always wanted to go to university but cannot because of financial reasons and is then given an opportunity. Coach Yavuz invites him to the swimming team. This unexpected offer has an impact on Sefa’s family. His father Cemil objects whilst his grandmother supports his hope of going to the university on a sports scholarship. So Sefa says goodbye to his village and his one and only love, Ayşe and goes to live in Izmir.    

His new life in the big city is not easier than the one before. When he also hears the news of Ayşe’s soon-to-be engagement, his world falls apart. He now needs to make a choice between accepting his fate and swimming upstream against his destiny. But there are more surprises ahead affecting his decision.

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DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

Suda Balık (The Fish In The Water) is a success story about a young man. It is the story of finding his life purpose through his inexperience and confusion. The film tells this young man’s journey from a small village to a swimming team in the city. It is rather a neglected genre, the sports films in Turkey. Nevertheless, we observe that young people are very much into sports, especially swimming because of the increasing number of swimming pools being built even in the cities without a way to the sea. We aim to encourage young people to be interested in swimming by telling a naive story of a village boy whose road to success is through making life choices just like it is in real life. In order to achieve what you want in life, it is not the physical or social obstacles one has to overcome but the mere self and his way of thinking.

“Tülay Kocatürk - Director and Screenwriter”

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STILLS FROM THE FILM

CAST

Sefa: ALİHAN ARACI

Ayşe: CANAN GENER

Ömer: TAMER LEVENT

Hatice: NURŞİM DEMİR

Cemil: ALİ NURİ TÜRKOĞLU

Yavuz: DOST ELVER

Zühre: İREM ALTUĞ

Bekir: FARUK AKGÖREN

Ayse's Mother: NALAN ÖRGÜT

Ali: YUNUS EMRE ÇOLDUR

Cüneyt: HAKAN LATİFOĞLU

Mert: CİHAN ŞİMŞEK

Dursun: MURAT GÖKTEPE

Firuze: AYLİN KILINÇARSLAN

Emre: AHMET YILDIRIM

Esra: KİMYA GÖKÇE AYTAÇ

Cenk: ENES TOMAKİNOĞLU

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Suda Balık

by Ete Kurttekin

BEHIND THE SCENES

The Fish In The Water Underwater Scenes

 

FESTIVALS

BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER FESTIVAL OF WORLD CINEMA 2017

Winner

  • Best Director - TULAY KOCATURK
  • Best Editing - CENGİZ KARADAG

Nominations

  • Best Film - ALPER YANAR
  • Best Lead Actor - ALİHAN ARACI
  • Best Original Screenplay - TULAY KOCATURK
  • Best Score - ETE KURTTEKIN

SPORT MOVIES & TV 2017 - 35. MILANO INTERNATIONAL FICTS FEST

Winner

  • Mention d'Honneur

NICE INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER FESTIVAL OF WORLD CINEMA 2017

Winner

  • Best Supporting Actress - NURSİM DEMİR

Nominations

  • Best Director - TULAY KOCATURK
  • Best Lead Actor - ALIHAN ARACI
  • Best Original Score - ETE KURTTEKIN

Interview - Nice IFF 2017 - Tülay Kocatürk & Alihan Aracı


MADRID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017

Nominations

  • Best Director - TULAY KOCATURK
  • Best Lead Actor - ALIHAN ARACI
  • Best Original Screenplay - TULAY KOCATURK

7. DADA SAHEB PHALKE FILM FESTIVAL - 17

Official Selection


MEDITERRANEAN FILM FESTIVAL CANNES

Winner

  • Honorable Mention

52. ANTALYA FILM FESTIVAL

The first public screening of ‘’The Fish In The Water’’s trailer was during the 52nd International Antalya Film Festival in December 2015. The film is released a year later in October 2016. 

The screening took place during a panel called ‘’Cinema Through The TV Screen: TV Films’’ on which Tülay Kocatürk, the director and scriptwriter of The Fish In The Water, was one of the speakers along with John Morrisey (Producer – American History X) and Lydia Cedrone (Producer – Ali featuring Will Smith).

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