Written by Mustafa Kaymak and directed by Scott Aharoni & Dennis Latos, Leylak (Lilac), made during the coronavirus pandemic, is a classic festival drama; the short equivalent of Nomadland (but more diverse). It follows a Turkish gravedigger in New York who is having to dig more than the normal number of graves, and who has to take his daughter to see her mother. There is something he is keeping from her, which is putting a strain on their relationship; but what is it exactly? The subtle and sparse Leylak did very well on the festival circuit and reminds me (AND THIS IS A SPOILER!) a bit of the harrowing feature film Son of Saul. If you can bare it, watch that film. If you like Leylak by Scott Aharoni & Dennis Latos be to rate it and share it.

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