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Love, Spells and All That

World Premiere: 2019 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival

Love, Spells and All That

Love, Spells and All That

Love, Spells and All That

by ÜMIT ÜNAL (TURKEY 2019, 96')

LGBTIQ+, Drama


As teenagers, Eren, the daughter of a powerful member of the parliament, and Reyhan, the daughter of the keeper in the summer house Eren’s family owns on the Istanbul island of Büyükada, had a forbidden love affair. When their relationship was revealed, Eren's family forced them to separate. They sent Reyhan and her father away from the island and Eren to a boarding school in Europe. The two women haven’t seen each other since.

The film begins 20 years later. Reyhan is back on the island and lives with a man younger than her. Eren catches a glimpse of Reyhan on a local profile on social media, which prompts her to leave Europe and come looking for her. When she finds Reyhan, Eren tells her that she never loved anyone else like her and that she is still in love with her. She wants to get back together.

Unwilling to acknowledge their past at first, Reyhan soon begins to believe that a love spell she had put on Eren 20 years ago has brought her back to the island. Eren is not superstitious but she can't help questioning if the spell might be real.

The two embark on a day-long journey around the island to try and lift the old spell while taking a trip down memory lane.


Written and directed by Ümit Ünal
Director of Photography: Türksoy Gölebeyi
Producer: M. Tayfur Aydin
Cast: Selen Uçer; Ece Dizdar; Aysenil Samlioglu; Damla Ersan; Murat Toprak et al.

Antalya Golden Orange International Film Festival - Best Film Turkish Film Critics Association
Antalya Golden Orange International Film Festival - Best Actress
Antalya Golden Orange International Film Festival - Special Jury Award
Istanbul International Film Festival (Best Screenplay)
Istanbul International Film Festival (Best Film)
Istanbul International Film Festival (Best Actress)
Ankara International Film Festival - Best Actress Award (Ece Dizdar, Selen Uçer)
Ankara International Film Festival - Best Screenplay
OutFest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival -  International Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay
Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival -  Audience Award Best Narrative Feature
Palm Springs International Film Festival
NEWfest - New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Balkan Panorama Film Festival - Best Actress, Best Director
Fire!! Barcelona LGBT Film Festival Best Feature Film
aGLIFF Prism Film Festival - Jury Award Best Film
Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
MIX Copenhagen LGBT Film Festival
Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Imageout Rochester LGBT Film Festival
Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival
Out Film Connecticut
Transition International Queer & Minorities Film Festival
Outshine LGBTQ Film Festival Miami
Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival
Cinepride Nantes
Roze Filmdagen - Amsterdam LGBTQ Film Festival Pink Film Days
Freiburger Lesbenfilmtage
Ayvalik Film Festival
Tüpisch Türkisch: Turkish Film Festival Cologne
PinkPanorama - Filmfestival Luzern
Vancouver Turkish Film Festival
Turkey Film Days Munich
Taste Of Anatolia, Cambridge
Seattle Turkish Film Festival
Perlen Queer Film Festival Hannover
Turkish Film Festival Paris
Queerstreifen Münster LGBT Film Festival
Some Prefer Cake - Bologna Lesbian Film Festival
Cinema Queer - Stockholm LGBT Film Festival
Reeling - Chicago LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Iris Prize LGBT Film Festival Cardiff
Pink Apple Queer Film Festival
Queer-Streifen Regensburg Film Festival
New York Turkish Film Festival
ZEFestival - Festival du Film Lesbien Gay Bi Trans de Polychromes
Florence Queer Film Festival
Soura Film Festival
QFest Houston
Hamburg International Queer Film Festival
Orient Express Filmtage
Way Out West LGBT Film Festival
B3 Biennale
Queerfilmfest Weiterstadt
VinoKino LGBT Film Festival
Film Festival Cottbus
Taiwan International Queer Film Festival
Tels Quels Festival
Chéris Chéris Film Festival
International Queer and Migrant Film Festival
Queersicht Film Festival Bern
Queer Filmfest Bremen
Image+Nation Montreal LGBT Film Festival
Global Tourism Film Festival
Türkisch Deutsche Filmtage Ulm
Deutsch Türkische Filmtage Stuttgart
Bari Gender Film Festival
Berlin Lesbian Non Binary
Victoria Film Festival
TLV Fest
Festheart LGBT+ Film Festival Estonia
Milwaukee International Film Festival