Scene from "Commitment" (2019)

Scene from Commitment (2019)

Golden Bear winner Commitment is directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu, one of the most acclaimed writer-director-producers of contemporary Turkish filmmaking. The 2-hour 15-minute film centers on young mothers Asli and Gül Nihal which takes place in Istanbul. Asli is trying to find a nanny to get back to work when she finally meets young Gül Nihal who is also a mother. With Gül coming into her life, Asli faces secrets which she has been, until now, avoiding.

As Asli prepares to get back to work she weans her baby Zeynep and tries to get her used to baby formula. But the process is not a smooth one. Although her husband Faruk finds it too early for Asli to start working again, she resumes her job as soon as she finds an agreeable nanny: Gül.

Getting back to work means getting back to life and to the things she missed – to her freedom and real identity. Although things go as planned in the beginning, she gradually realizes that she is not ready for the emotions resulting from separation from her baby. Asli is unsettled by sleep deprivation and exhaustion because of Zeynep, who doesn’t sleep well at night, having difficulty getting used to the new food regimen and separation from her mother. The nanny’s increasing presence at home adds to Asli’s anxiety as well. According to Asli, the nanny should only take care of the baby. However, the young woman begins to take ownership of the house, starting with the kitchen, making delicious dishes every day. Her warm relationship with the baby Zeynep also induces jealousy in Asli.

Eventually, Asli installs surveillance cameras in various places of the house despite her husband’s objections. In every spare minute at work, she obsessively logs in to the cameras and watches her house and the nanny's live streaming.

Lead actress Kübra Kip (Asli) studied and graduated in theater and acting from Ankara University in 2011. She began her career acting in stage plays. She transitioned to films in 2016 and appeared in several national award-winning productions like Babamın Kanatları (Wings of my Father) which was nominated for Best Film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2016.

Kaplanoğlu, born in 1963, has also written many articles based on visual arts and cinema, which have been translated into foreign languages and published in such magazines and journals as Gergedan, Gösteri, Cumhuriyet, and Sanat Dünyamız between 1987 and 2003. Kaplanoğlu received a bachelor’s degree in cinema and television from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir in 1984.

The director made his feature debut in 2001 with Away from Home, for which he was awarded Best Director at the Singapore IFF. In 2005, his second feature Angel’s Fall received the Best Film award in Nantes, Kerala and Barcelona’s Alternativa FF. His third feature Yumurta (Egg), which premiered in 2007, received many awards including national awards such as the Golden Orange (Antalya IFF) and the Golden Tulip award (Istanbul IFF). In 2008 Süt (Milk) premiered at the Venice IFF, and also screened at festivals around the world. Bal (Honey) the third part of the Yusuf Trilogy, was the winner of the Golden Bear award at the 60th Berlinale. Semih Kaplanoğlu’s recent feature film Buğday (Grain) won the Best Film Award at the 30th Tokyo Film Festival and continues its international festival journey.