Director Semih Kaplanoglu

Production year 2010

Length 103min.

Country Turkey/Germany


Yusuf is an only child who lives with his parents in an isolated mountain area. For the young boy, the surrounding forest becomes a place of mystery and adventure when he accompanies his father on the job. Yusuf watches in admiration as his beekeeper father, Yakup, hangs specially-made hives at the top of the tallest trees. With the skill of a tightrope acrobat, he must often hang dangerously from the high branches to gather honey. The strong bond that he has with his father cannot protect Yusuf from becoming an outcast during his first year of school. Yusuf's stutter shames him in front of his classmates during oral reading assignments. Yusuf's anxieties escalate when his father must travel to a faraway forest on a risky mission. With father gone, Yusuf slips into silence to the distress of his pretty young mother Zehra. Days pass and Yakup still does not return. Yusuf sees his mother becoming sadder every day. Yusuf summons all of his courage and goes deep into the forest to search for his father. A journey into the unknown...


Golden Berlin Bear, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury | Berlinale, Germany, 2010


Semih Kaplanoglu
Semih Kaplanoglu



Semih Kaplanoğlu


Orçun Köksal, Semih Kaplanoğlu

Director of Photography

Barış Özbiçer

Production designer

Naz Erayda


Tobias Fleig


Ayhan Ergürsel, Semih Kaplanoğlu, Suzan Hande Güneri


Bora Altas, Erdal Besikcioglu, Tülin Özen, Alev Ucarer, Ayse Altay

Production company(ies)

Kaplan Film Production, Heimatfilm GmbH

Semih Kaplanoglu

Born 1963, Izmir, Turkey. He received a BS in Cinema-Television from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir in 1984. Worked as an assistant cameraman for Old Houses, Old Masters: Houses of the Western Mediterranean and Mimar Sinan, two award-winning documentaries by Süha Arın. He was the scriptwriter and director of the 52-episode TV series Şehnaz Tango, which, at the time, was a prestigious work broadcast on Show TV and Inter Star TV Channels. He has also written many articles about plastic arts and cinema, which were translated into foreign languages and published in such magazines and journals as Gergedan, Gösteri, Gumhuriyet, and Sanat Dünyamız between 1987 and 2003.


Mobapp (1984), The Elevator (1993), Şehnaz Tango (1994), Away from Home (2000), Angel’s Fall (2004), Egg (2007), Milk (2008), Honey (2010)

FILMS 2010