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Memory Space’s Dead-Time Leak: Mustang


In Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s film Mustang (2015), which was nominated for an award at  the 88th Academy Awards ceremony, traditional female-male roles and the power relationships between them are addressed. Mustang explores these intricate relationships by narrating the changing lives and struggles for freedom of five orphaned sisters as a result of complaints in their neighborhood about a game they were playing with friends. The film develops a critical discourse about power by using temporal themes and questions gender roles in the neighbourhood in terms of memory space. The article examines how the time-space relationship is created, how temporal and spatial indicators are used, and how these indicators convey both collective and personal memories. It also presents a point of view concerning distinctive symbols used in Mustang. The loop in the film is analysed through Gilles Deleuze’s “movement image” and “time image” and  Daniel Frampton’s concept of “filmind”.

Keywords: Time image, movement image, filmind, memory-space, dead time.