Archive of films My Father's Wings / Babamın Kanatları

2016, 101 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2016

Set against the backdrop of construction activity promising to fill in the empty spaces of the urban landscape with entirely new neighborhoods, a story unfolds of an aging construction worker who, unlike his peers, has to drop all plans for the future after being diagnosed with a malignant tumor. This self-assured debut contemplates the dignity of the individual within the context of modern Turkish society.


Ibrahim works construction on a luxury high-rise apartment building; the pay is irregular but the income supports his family, who live with relatives outside town. The unexpected diagnosis of lung cancer, however, throws his life off balance, depriving him of any guarantees for even the immediate future. When a rumor gets around that the construction company paid handsome compensation to the family of an employee who lost his life in a tragic work accident, Ibrahim begins to entertain an audacious idea. This exceptionally mature directorial debut outlines the dangers of a system that forces workers to sacrifice their lives to the interests of economic development. In a world full of dreams and desires, where the future can be a lucrative commodity, My Father’s Wings demonstrates the dignity of a man who has run out of hope for the future, highlighting his inner strength as he contemplates sacrificing himself for his family.

Hubert Poul

About the director

Kıvanç Sezer

Kıvanç Sezer (b. 1982, Ankara) studied engineering at university before moving to Italy to take up a career as a filmmaker. He studied editing in Italy for two years at the prestigious Cineteca di Bologna. While there he met a number of important directors who inspired his work. He returned home to Turkey in 2009, making a living as an editor on TV projects and documentaries. In addition, he has created several shorts that have been screened at a variety of domestic and international venues. My Father’s Wings represents his first foray into features as a director.


Nar Film
Caferaga mah. Sarraf Ali sok. No:25/3, 34710, Istanbul
Tel: +90 216 418 4206
E-mail: [email protected]

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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Kıvanç Sezer
Screenplay: Kıvanç Sezer
Dir. of Photography: Joerg Gruber
Music: Bajar
Editor: Umut Sakallıoğlu, Kıvanç Sezer
Art Director: Rabia Kip
Producer: Soner Alper
Production: Nar Film
Coproduction: Istanbul Digital
Cast: Menderes Samancılar, Musab Ekici, Tansel Öngel, Kübra Kip
Contact: Nar Film


Kıvanç Sezer

Film Director

Soner Alper


Aycan Aluçlu


Musab Ekici


Kübra Kip


Başak Özcan Sezer


Menderes Samancılar


Joerg Gruber

Director of Photography

Rabia Kip

Art Director

Songül Alper

PR & Marketing

Emre Bayraktar



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