Director Asli Özge switches from the documentary style we saw in her debut feature Men on the Bridge back at the London Film Festival 2009 for the more measured, meticulously composed style of new feature Lifelong, which charts the steady dissolution of a bourgeois marriage. We caught up with Asli again to discuss crafting a script where what is left unsaid is just as important as the lines delivered on screen.

Lifelong (2013)

Ela and Can seemingly have it all. Yet in this affluent section of Istanbul, love turns to suspicion, success delivers only material comfort and truth keeps playing hide-and-seek.

The casting was really difficult because in Turkey people are not so open to take risks.

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