Sema Poyraz, Sophokles Adamidis
Gölge by Sema Poyraz is one of the first feature films of what would later be called German-Turkish cinema.
The 18-year-old student Gölge and daughter of Turkish immigrants grows up in Berlin-Kreuzberg . The family, which also includes Gölge’s younger sister, shares a small two-room apartment. Gölge sleeps on the couch in the living room . Gölge grows up bilingual and experiences internal and external conflicts to do with the awakening of her own sexuality and the search for her place at the intersection between Turkish and German mentality, tradition and culture.
Gölge dreams of becoming an actress, but her father represses her desire. In return the mother allows Gölge to take part in her friends’ parties whre she experiences female life outside the close patriarchal family. However, flirtations are subject to constant surveillance. In the end, Gölge packs her things and leaves her parents’ house.
Stylistically this feature film is unique in its combination of elements of chamber play and surrealist, dream-like scenes.