Cloves & Carnations

by Bekir Bülbül



In the snowy and desolate roads of South Eastern Anatolia, Musa, an old refugee, carries the corpse of his deceased wife to their homeland with his granddaughter. Their journey becomes more difficult as they get closer to the border of a country at war. Once they get caught up by the police, their ways separate in three different destinations.


Turkey/ Belgium  2022  103mn  4K  16:9  5.1  Turkish & Arabic

original title: BIR TUTAM KARANFIL

Directed by

Bekir Bülbül

Written by

Büşra Bülbül and Bekir Bülbül

Produced by

Halil Kardaş (Filmcode – Turkey)

Co-produced by

Bozena Bogdziewicz-Onkol (Bo Dream Productions – Belgium)


Cinematographer:  Baris Aygen

Art Director:  Osman Çankırılı

Editors:  Eren Sabri Öztürk & Bekir Bülbül

Sound Designer:  Umut Şenyol

Director's Bio & Filmo

After his first documentary film BULGUR MILL, Bekir Bülbül made his debut feature film MY SHORT WORDS (2018). Its world premiere was at the 37th Istanbul Film Festival. The film travelled to more than thirty countries and won many Grand Prizes. CLOVES & CARNATIONS is the director’s 2nd feature film.


World Premiere at Tokyo IFF 2022 – Asian Future Competition

Thessaloniki International Film Festival- Balkan Survey 

Film Festival Cottbus – Spectrum 


Tétouan Mediterranean Film Festival- GRAND PRIX

Sofia International Film Festival- SPECIAL JURY AWARD

Istanbul Film Festival- BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER 

Festival della Lessinia – International Competition

Taoba Youth Film Festival – International Competition

FIC Gáldar Canarias – Official Selection 

Ulsan Ulju Mountain Film Festival – Asian Competition

Press Quotes

a deeply felt road movie about an elderly refugee trekking across Anatolia… ‘

‘It was a story rooted in contemporary concerns but told with the purity of an ancient fable

James Hadfield, The Japan Times


Demir Parscan (Musa)

Şam Şerit Zeydan (Halime)