A film by Maryna Er Gorbach & Mehmet Bahadir Er Second feature
Cemal is indiffently willing in an arranged marriage, when his uncle and cousin drag him to a sex holiday in Ukraine in the occasion of his bachelor party. The rather shy Cemal stumbles upon the beautiful Sascha – an independent and confident girl with an agenda of her own.
Despite the language barrier the chemistry between them is undeniable. In an adventurous night through the snowy streets of Kiev they will experience affection, respect and love.
Sprinkled with hilarious notes of cultural clashes and an endearing display of the kindness of strangers, this idiosyncratic “comedy drama” will warm hearts in the most unexpected way.
If there would be a Kiev episode on NIGHT ON EARTH this would be it!
Festival participations: Montreal World Cinema Festival, Cinemed IFF, Cottbus IFF (competition), Fer Film Festival (Best Film Award), Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (competition), Mannheim – Heidelberg IFF, Bratislava IFF (competition), Kolkata IFF, Chennai IFF, Delhi IFF (competition), Tbilisi IFF (competition), Listopad IFF, Fantasporto (Directors Week Best Director Award, Directors Week Best Actor Award, Critics Award), New York Turkish FF, Beirut Turkish FF, Hong Kong Turkish FF, Nashville IFF (competition), New York Turkish Film Festival, Hong Kong Turkish FF, Eskisehir IFF, Prishtina IFF, Skip City Film Festival (in competition), Yerevan IFF, Haifa IFF
“The set-up of Maryna Er Gorbach and Mehmet Bahadir Er’s sophomore feature Love Me promises a cross-cultural romantic comedy of the traditional and predictable kind, but ends up by delivering something rather more interesting. Starting out in the vein of an English social comedy, it appears to head for Pretty Woman territory before pitching itself squarely as a serious-minded piece of social drama.”
Cemal: Ushan Cakir / Sasha: Viktoria Spesyvtseva / Mother Luba: Olena Stefanska / Grandmother: Margaryta Kosheleva / Uncle: Guven Kirac / Yildirim: Mehmet Bahadir Er / Alexandr: Sergei Puskepalis (HOW I SPENT THIS SUMMER) / Suleyman: Yavuz Bingol (THREE MONKEYS) / Tour guide – Murat Seker
Director: Maryna Er Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadir Er (BLACK DOGS BARKING Rotterdam 2009) / Writer: Maryna Er Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadir Er / Cinematorgrapher: Svytatoslav Bulakhovskiy / Sound: Igor Pokorny / Music: Baris Diri / Art Director: Marketa Korinkova / Producer: Olena Yershova / Production Company: TATO FILM / Co-producer: PROTİM Video Production
Original Title: Lyuby mene (Ukraine) – Sev beni (Turkey) / shot in Full HD / available for screenings in 35mm, DCP / color / image format / 90 min / original language Turkish, Ukainian, English with english subtitles / Ukraine-Turkey 2013