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World Premiere: 2024 Berlinale




"Aslı Özarslan's coming-of-age film set in the Berlin immigrant community and Istanbul stands out for its unusually dark and violent elements, storytelling economy, thematic variety and depth, and the performance of the young lead actress Melia Kara."
-Vladlan Petkovic, Cineuropa

"Fizzling with reality and very believable dialogue, it’s a film that feels like a documentary, which is where Özarslan’s background lies. With politics permeating ever more through culture, especially during the Berlinale festival, this film feels important to see."
-Olivia Stroud, Euronews


by ASLI ÖZARSLAN (DE/TR/FR, 2024, 86') 

Drama, Coming-of-age, First Feature


Hazal is 17 and lives in Berlin. Her biggest wish: to be given a chance. For her 18th birthday she wants to escape the everyday grind and party with her friends. But a fatal incident changes everything, and Hazal is forced to flee. "ELBOW" tells the story of a young woman who is pushed to the margins of society and is determined to remain true to herself.


Directed by: Aslı Özarslan 
Written by: Claudia Schaefer, Aslı Özarslan
Cinematographer: Andac Karabeyoglu
Producer: Jamila Wenske (Achtung Panda!)
Coproducers: Delphine Schmit & Guillaume Dreyfus (Tripode Film), Anna Maria Aslanlogu (Istos Film), Julia Peters & Jutta Feit (jip film & verleih)
Cast: Melia Kara, Doğa Gürer, Jale Arıkan, Haydar Şahin, Orhan Kiliç