Bizim Büyük Çaresizligimiz

[ Our Grand Despair ]

30-something long-time friends Ender and Çetin share an apartment. Their peaceful living arrangement is disrupted when they allow a friend’s sister to move in with them. The bachelors are overwhelmed by the presence of the uncommunicative Nihal, who is struggling with the recent trauma of losing her parents in a car accident. When Nihal comes out of her depressed shell the two men discover a vibrant, beautiful young woman. Before they see what’s coming, both friends fall in love with her…


İlker Aksum, Fatih Al, Güneş Sayın, Baki Davrak, Taner Birsel, Mehmet Ali Nuroğlu


DirectorSeyfi Teoman
ScreenplayBarış Bıçakçı & Seyfi Teoman
ProducerBulut Film - Yamaç Okur & Nadir Öperli (Turkey)
Co-producerCirce Films - Stienette Bosklopper (The Netherlands)
Unafilm - Titus Kreyenberg (Germany)
Director of photographyBirgit Gudjonsdottir
Production DesignNadide Argun
EditorÇiçek Kahraman
Sound designCenker Kökten

Supported by

The film was supported by Eurimages, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkish Republic, TRT (Turkish Radio-Television Corporation), Medienboard-Berlin Brandenburg, Hubert Bals Fund, The Netherlands Film Fund, Efes Pilsen.

Release & Festivals

World premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2011
Nominated for the Golden Bear
Released on 30-09-2013 in the Netherlands by EYE
World sales by The Match Factory

Best Film Award and Film Critics Award Nürnberg Turkey-Germany Film Festival 2011, People’s Choice Award and Special Prize of the Jury Istanbul IFF 2011.

Case study of ACE Producers, LAS PALMAS ES, Intl. Istanbul FF TR, Linz FF Crossing Europe AT, CINEMATEK Cinédécouvertes BE, Jerusalem FF IL, Sarajevo FF BA, Love and Arnarchy – Helsinki FF FI, Zurich FF CH, Alexandria IFF EG, Films from the South NO, Asiaticafilmmediale Encounters with Asian Cinema in Rome IT, Tokyo IFF JP, Taipei Golden Horse FF CH, London Turkish FF GB, Febiofest CZ, Mamers en Mars FR, Chicago Turkish FF US, Madisson screening US, Milwaukee IFF US.

Technical Features

Turkish, 97 mins, 35mm, color