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SFFILM Festival

Snow and the Bear

Directed by Selcen Ergun

Turkey | 93

14 Apr
Fri, Apr 14, 2023 at 6:00 pm PT
16 Apr
Sun, Apr 16 at 4:45 pm PT


Asli is a nurse wholly committed to her profession even when it means relocating to a remote Turkish town with provincial beliefs and sub-zero temperatures. Though the villagers warn her of bear attacks from the neighboring forest, Asli finds more to fear from some of the men around her. One, a brutish womanizer, objects to Asli prescribing bedrest for his pregnant wife. Another appears kind but arouses Asli’s suspicions that he could be stalking her. When a citizen disappears, rather than take a good look in the mirror to find a culprit, townsfolk point fingers at the bears or Asli. Director Selcen Ergun expertly balances the tension between patriarchal tradition and modernity, crafting a chilly mystery-drama that hones in on the wilderness inside humanity as much as the woods that surround Asli’s new home.

Director Selcen Ergun

Turkish filmmaker Selcen Ergun previously made the shorts Confrontation (2007) and A Sunny Day (2011). She makes her feature debut with Snow and the Bear.

Film Details

Language Turkish

Original Language Title Kar ve Ayı

Year 2022

Premiere Bay Area

Runtime 93

Country Turkey

Director Selcen Ergun

Producer Nefes Polat, Selcen Ergun

Writer Selcen Ergun, Yesim Aslan

Editor Çiçek Kahraman

Cinematographer Florent Herry

Music Erdem Helvacıoğlu

Cast Merve Dizdar, Saygın Soysal, Asiye Dinçsoy, Erkan Bektaş

Closed Captions Closed Captions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently confirmed and will be updated. For any questions about accessibility at SFFILM Events, please email ADA@SFFilm.org.