Until I Lose My Breath

Serap, a stubborn late teen, works as a runner in a cramped sweatshop. Fed up with her abusive brotherin-law and detached sister, Serap longs for the chance to move into an apartment with her father, Mustafa.

To everyone but Serap, it’s clear that this is never going to happen. Mustafa does everything he can to avoid being tied down, accepting trucking jobs and lying to Serap that each will be the last. Serap’s emotional dependence on her neglectful father pushes her forward as she deprives herself meagre comforts and secretly saves cash for their future.

Delving into the dark and gritty underclass of Turkey, director Emine Emel Balcı’s debut feature premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.