Bitter Lands tells the story of a legendary love that begins in Istanbul during the 1970s and continues in the fertile lands of Çukurova in southern Turkey through the trials of evil, ambition and tyranny. Yılmaz, who commits murder in order to protect Züleyha from the cruelty of her own family, and Züleyha, who would rather die than give up on Yılmaz, embark on a grueling escape journey. Fate takes these passionate lovers to Adana, where they will end up on the vast and fruitful lands of the modern and powerful landowner Demir and his dominant mother Hünkar. A simple lie the runaway lovers tell in order not to be separated from each other will turn their lives upside down and destroy any hopes of salvation they had, leaving them in the midst of utter turmoil. Will Yılmaz and Züleyha’s legendary love overcome all obstacles? How long will a modern-day lord, accustomed to getting everything he wants, continue to love a woman who only allows him in physically but never into her heart? Bitter Lands asks all the essential questions about love and possession.
Bir Zamanlar Çukurova
in production, 2018-2020
113 x 42 minutes available in HD