Directed by Semih Kaplanoglu

Green June 2020 Film Recommendation from Rachel Hayward, Head of Film, HOME

Bal is now available to watch online.

Bal is a beautifully shot and contemplative study of childhood in rural Turkey. Kaplanoglu’s film features captivating cinematography which presents the Turkish mountains in beautiful, affecting detail. Yusuf is an only child living a sheltered life with his parents in the mountains of Turkey.  The young Yusuf is completely devoted to his father, who provides a distraction from his son’s struggles at school.  When their relationship is at risk, Yusuf takes it into his own hands to get his father back. Awarded the Golden Bear at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival.


Full English

105 minutes

Country of origin:
Germany and Turkey

Year of production: