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Harem Suare

Harem Suare

A Feature film by Ferzan Ozpetek

Produced by R&C Produzioni

Release in France : 24/11/1999

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Executive Producer :

R&C Produzioni

Foreign production companies :

R&C Produzioni, A.F.S. Film

French distribution :

Océan Films Distribution

Co-production :

Alva Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Océan Films Distribution

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A sensual biography that exposes the life of Safiye, a young woman living in a Harem in Turkey. Over a number of years Safiye became the Sultan’s “favorite” though she indulges in a secret, passionate love affair with one of the Harem’s Eurichs Nadir. This is her story told 50 years later.


When I read the screenplay, I felt a call, a little voice telling me, "don't miss out on a story like this one, a role like this." A truly grand, beautiful female role. Safiye is simultaneously strong and fragile, gentle and bitter, serious and funny. She can be sunny or gloomy, elated or resigned, optimistic or depressed, decisive and combative. It's not really a portrait of a heroine, but rather of a dignified woman who learned to live in the fascinating, cruel world of a harem.

Marie Gillain

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Full credits (13)

Executive Producer :

Tilde Corsi

Co-producers :

Régine Konckier, Jean-Luc Ormières

Sound Recordist :

Stefano Savino

Editor :

Mauro Bonanni

Production Designers :

Mustafa Ulkenciler, Bruno Cesari

Costume designer :

Alfonsina Lettieri

Post-production supervisor :

Florence Leonnet

Screenwriters :

Ferzan Ozpetek, Gianni Romoli

Director of Photography :

Pasquale Mari

Press Attachés (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar, Aude Thomas

Production Assistant :

Florence Leonnet

Music Composers :

Pivio De Scalzi, Aldo De Scalzi

French distributors :

Thierry Decourcelle, Jean Hernandez

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Feature film

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France, Italy, Turkey

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Majority French (France, Italy, Turkey )

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Runtime :

1 h 46 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (3)

Cairo - International Film Festival - 2000

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2000)


Out of Competition

TIFF - 1999

TIFF (Canada, 1999)


Contemporary World Cinema

Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)


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