Les Lunes Rousses

The name of Tüncay means red moon in turkish. At 9, Tüncay, my aunt, is torn from the carelessness of her childhood in Anatolia. She has to join her sister, my mother, in Belgium, to take care of us, the children. Then, barely an adolescent, an arranged marriage propels her abruptly into the meanders of life. Her dreams collide brutally with violence and early pregnancies. And, everything implodes. Tüncay is precipitated in a survival that continues today. Through four generations of women, it’s the story of a scenario that is repeated, early marriage, that I also suffered. It’s a journey from the steppes of Anatolia to the northern cliffs, passing through Ghent and Brussels where we meet our daughters, Pınar and Cansev. Red Moons, is a mirror portrait where the story of all women is reflected.

Director –Tülin Özdemir
Writer – Tülin Özdemir
Producer – Gilles De Valk (Cobra Films)
Co-producer – Eurydice Gysel (Czar Film & Tv)
Cinematography – Hélène Motteau
Editor – Fanny Roussel

Support form Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
Supported by Belgian Tax Shelter, ADAV, RTBF, Canvas

Sales & Distribution
Distributed by CBA, Bruxelles

Bio director
Graduated from the Haute Ecole d’Art in Saint-Luc Brussels, she worked several years as an independent in interior architecture before passing the entrance exams for INSAS. After two years in the film directing section, she followed a program of the S.I.C. (Sound Image Culture), a one-year master’s in creative documentary and visual anthropology. She made her first short documentary ‘Our Wedding’. A film in ‘I’, where she explores the subject of early marriage. ‘Beyond Ararat’ (2013), is a continuation of this first work, the quest for identity and memory through portraits of Anatolian women (Turks, Kurds and Armenians). The main theme that she treats in cinema is woman. Her documentary film ‘Rendez-vous sur le quai’ was produced as part of an exhibition for the Brussels City Architecture Foundation. ‘Red Moons’ (2019), full length documentary, with ‘Our Wedding’ and ‘Beyond the Ararat’, closes the trilogy on the quest for identity. Currently, she is writing a fiction feature film and a documentary film is underway.

Festival selections

  • Selected for Images en Bibliothèques, Paris, 2019
  • Selected for Festival International Jean Rouch, Paris, 2019
  • Selected for Millenium Festival International du documentaire, Bruxelles, 2019