KUMA (SECOND WIFE), Thu 7 November, 8pm

By December 26, 2012 archive, Season 9 films

An innocent teenager is tricked into marriage as a second wife to an older man. Wife number one has cancer and hopes to train the girl as her replacement. This gripping tragedy explores marital arrangements endured in quiet claustrophobia.

Director: Umut Dag. Austria, 2012. 93 minutes. Cert: Club. Language: German, Turkish

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Under the auspices of a more age-appropriate marriage to his handsome son, a stately Viennese patriarch brings Ayse, a pretty teenaged girl from the Turkish countryside, to live with him as a second wife. A special friendship develops between Ayse and Fatma, the first wife who is suffering from cancer and appreciates both the help and the companionship. Soon, however, an unexpected twist of fate puts this relationship to the test. – Chicago Film Festival 2012

Starring: Nihal Koldas, Begüm Akkaya, Vedat Erincin, Murathan Muslu, Alev Irmak