Les Enfants terribles / Yaramaz Çocuklar

In a village in the south east of Turkey, Mahmut wants to divorce his newly-wed wife. At the same time, his sister Zeynep enrols in an open high school and takes on a job in a factory. Against her father’s wishes, she wants to leave the village and ultimately go to university.

The siblings’ demands become the center of conflict in their conservative family and community, who are not used to what Mahmut and Zeynep strive for. Intimately captured by their elder brother Ahmet Necdet Çupur, who left the village twenty years ago to pursue his studies, LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES is a story of clashes between generations, between the past and the present.



Country of Production
France, Turkey, Germany

Year of Production


52 / 93 min

Ahmet Necdet Cupur

TS Productions in co-production with JYOTI Film, Liman Film, France Télévision and Al Jazeera Documentary Channel

Original Language
Turkish, Arabic

English, French

Festivals / Awards

Visions du Réel 2021 (Special Jury Award)
DocsBarcelona 2021
Sarajevo IFF 2021 (Human Rights Award)
fARAD IDF 2021
Adana Golden Boll IFF 2021 (Best Film, Best Editing & Special Jury Mention to Zeynep Çupur)
Flahertiana IDF 2021 (Second Silver Nanook & Audience Award)
BFI London 2021
Ânûû-rû Âboro 2021
Cinemed Montpellier 2021
West Lake IDF 2021
Gangneung IFF 2021
RIDM 2021
EnergaCamerimage 2021
Kasseler Dokfest 2021
IDFA 2021
Crime and Punishment IFF 2021 (Special Jury Award)
Cinemamed Brussels 2021 (Young Jury Award)
Zurich HRFF 2021
Cinema Vérité Teheran 2021 (Best Film Award)
Fipadoc Biarritz 2022
DocPoint Helsinki 2022
DocPoint Tallinn 2022
Sofia IFF 2022
ZagrebDox 2022
Pordenone Docs Fest 2022 (Grand Jury Price)
Hádoc Film Festival 2022
Millenium Docs Against Gravity 2022
One World Romania 2022
Rome IDF 2022

//EFA Documentary Film Selection 2021