Leyla, a well-established lawyer and – as it turns out – a poet, takes the night train to a distant seaside town to attend a class reunion on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of her graduation. Eventhough she has never participated in such an event before. On her journey she meets 21-year-old Canan, a nurse student, that would rather become an actress. Canan has an unusual and particularly tricky task ahead of her: she has to help a paralysed friend, Yavuz, commit suicide. The two women bond in the journey through their conversations and finally Leyla chooses to accompany Canan on her difficult mission. Pelin Esmer is one of the most distinguished filmmakers in Turkey, with an outstanding talent for portraying characters. As she does in this film. She seems to effortlessly succeed in her wonderful portraits of this two women from different generations and social layers, which ultimately connect more with each other than one might initially assume. The train journey as a metaphor for the “journey to oneself” has rarely been seen so convincing. The director herself sees her film as “poetry, not prose”.


Pelin Esmer

Pelin Esmer

Director and Screenwriter Something Useful
In Vienna: April 18-21

Dilde Mahalli

Dilde Mahalli

Producer Something Useful
In Vienna: April 18-21


Michał Oleszczyk

Michał Oleszczyk

Film critic, curator Feature Film Competition
In Vienna: April 13-20

Ivanka Brekalo

Ivanka Brekalo

Moderator film program
Narrator Mistery of Green Hill

Something Useful

Original Title

İşe Yarar Bir Şey


Pelin Esmer


Pelin Esmer, Barış Bıçakçı


Öykü Karayel, Başak Köklükaya, Yiğit Özşener


Feature film


Feature Film Competition


Germany, France, Netherlands, Turkey




Turkish with Engl. sub.

Running time

103 min.


Pelin Esmer/Sinefilm


Thursday 19.04.

18:30 Urania Kino

Friday 20.04.

14:30 Village Cinema 4

Sunday 22.04.

20:15 Actors Studio 3