Nazlı Elif Durlu

Nazlı Elif Durlu, Ziya Demirel

Sebastian Weber

Buğra Dedeoğlu, Selda Taşkın

Art Director
Osman Özcan

Alexander Lawrence, Yusuf Tan Demirel

Nihal Yalçın, Sadi Celil Cengiz, Nur Sürer, Serpil Gül, Aycan Sümercan, Gizem Taştan, Sencar Sağdıç, Ilgaz Kocatürk

Anna Maria Aslanoğlu

Production Company
istos film


Zuhal is an upper middle class woman with a nice job and a nice house in Istanbul, and a long-term relationship. Her ordinary life, spent with daily troubles, business rushes and phone calls with her boy friend on a trip, changes when she hears a cat meowing one night. Because of this meow, which she believes is coming from a flat, she is forced to communicate with her neighbours, whom she deliberately avoids. However, she cannot convince anyone of the existence of this voice. In her debut, after three awardwinning short films, Nazlı Elif Durlu tells the story of a strong female protagonist, with dark humour and lively characters.


Born in Ankara. She studied Film and TV in the Netherlands and got her masters degree from the University of Utrecht. Her three short films Trust Me, Later, The Horse and the Nightingale, of which she is the writer-director, were screened and awarded at various festivals such as Uppsala, Hamptons and Sao Paolo. She gives lectures on film reading and film making at Istanbul Bilgi University Cinema-TV Department. Zuhal is her first feature film.

Turkey, Germany, 2021
DCP, Colour