37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Kelebekler (Butterflies)


After a traumatic event in childhood, siblings Cemal, Kenan, and Suzan left their village of Hasanlar to be raised by their extended family. Thirty years later, the estranged siblings have been summoned back to their village by their father, who suggests that they learn about the history of Hasanlar. Upon their arrival, they discover their father has since passed away and had one final wish—to be buried on the hottest day of the year when the butterflies come to the village to die. This wild, dark comedy provides a playful and heartfelt look at the complexities of familial bonds. Introduction by Joshua M. White (UVA)

This film is part of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Film series supported by the UVA Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures and the UVA Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures


Sunday, October 27


1:45 PM


Violet Crown 4

Film Info

Director: Tolga Karaçelik

Runtime: 117 min.

Year: 2018

Country: Turkey

Language: Turkish

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Tolga Tekin, Bartu Küçükçağlayan, Tuğçe Altuğ