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Volkan Üce / Belgium, Netherlands, France / 2021 / 80 min / World Premiere
A stylish coming-of-age comedy from an absurd holiday paradise in Turkey, where two young men are trying to find their way in a new world.

wo young men have applied for jobs at an all-inclusive hotel to learn English and move on in life. 17-year-old Ismail settles down in the kitchen, while the slightly older Hakan would rather stay in his room and read Schopenhauer and dream of Hollywood than tend to his brain-dead job. We join them for an entire summer as they try to feel at home in the absurd microcosm of bikinis and slides, hot dishes and lethargic tourists. ‘Take a picture of yourself before you start work,’ says the hotel’s manager, ‘When the summer is over, you will be a different person’. These are valid words, but in a different way than the head of the discount luxury holiday residence imagines in Volkan Üce’s amusing coming-of-age story about modern alienation in the workplace. An existentialist comedy with palm trees, where Western ideas of happiness and freedom are hung out to dry under the scorching sun.