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Present Tense, Belmin Söylemez, 2012

Present Tense

23 Feb 2013

The first feature from documentary filmmaker Belmin Söylemez is a recognisable and incisive tale of our times, telling the story of a young woman dreaming of a better life.

Mina is jobless, lonely, and unhappy, dreaming of escaping to the USA. But how? She needs money, documents and a visa. She applies to a fortune-telling café, lying that she has experience. While she reads the coffee cups of many different women, she also tries to find a way out herself. Through the shapes emerging in coffee cups, she expresses her own frustrations and desires to match with those of the customers. However, complications soon arise and she discovers that in real life the future may not be so easily predictable.

Present Tense, dir. Belmin Söylemez, Turkey 2012, 110 mins, English subtitles, cert. 12A

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