Every Day It Gets A Little Easier

17-year-old Cemre has been preparing for the competition of provincial swimming team for years. After a good workout, her trainer advises her to go easy on herself before the race. However, Cemre's efforts to spare time for her high school exams, boyfriend and family will not make it possible for her to follow her trainer’s advice. After a sleepless night, Cemre will be late for the competition due to a traumatic incident. Nevertheless, her attitude towards this incident will also be unexpected.

  • Cagil Bocut
  • Tugba Kocaefe
  • Cagil Bocut
  • Caglar Bocut
  • Gulen Gozkara Saygi
  • Deniz Ulku
    Key Cast
  • Ilayda Elif Elhih
    Key Cast
  • Fatih Sevdi
    Key Cast
  • Deniz Celiloğlu
    Key Cast
  • Doğa Karakaş
    Key Cast
  • Andaç Karabeyoğlu
    Director of Photography
  • Ayris Alptekin
  • Cenker Kökten
  • Ozan Turkyilmaz
  • Gunes Ozgec
  • Ayse Celikkaya
    Art Direction
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    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 5, 2023
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    2K Video
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Distribution Information
  • Ninova Films Distribution
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Cagil Bocut

Turkish screenwriter and film director. In 2021, his debut film Geranium which he directed and scripted, won the best debut film, best cinematography and best actress awards at the 40th Istanbul International Film Festival, best debut film in 31th Film Festival Cottbus and the 32nd Ankara Film Festival. After his graduation from Boğaziçi University, Cagil Bocut completed his MA studies on Film Production at London Kingston University. Afterwards he finished his PhD on Cinema & Television at Marmara University in
2019. Cagil established the Digital Film & Animation department at SAE Institute Istanbul, where he would continue his career as Head Instructor between 2010-2013. In 2021 he wrote and directed his first debut Geranium. The film was supported by German-Turkish Co-Development Fund, Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg and Turkish Ministry of Culture.

"2020 - BRIGITTE BARDOT - 14 min. – Short
19th Tirana International Film Festival – Best Short Film Nominee
24th Sarasota Film Festival – Best Short Film Nominee
19th Molise Cinema International Film Festival – Mention Award
9th Kayseri Altin Cinar Film Festival – Best Short Film Award
14th İnönü Film Festival – Best Short Film Award
35th Exground Film Festival – Best Short Film Nominee
11th Busan International Short Film Festival – Best Short Film
31th Film Festival Cottbus – Best Short Film Nominee
1st Diaspora International Film Festival – Best Short Film Nominee
11th İzmir Short Film Festival – Best Short Film Nominee
2021 - SARDUNYA - 82 min. – Debut
31th Film Festival Cottbus – Best Debut Film Award
40th Istanbul International Film Festival – Best Cinematography,
Best Actress and Best Debut Film Awards
32nd Ankara Film Festival – Best Debut Film Award
37th Valencia Cinema Jove Film Festival – Best Film Nominee
10th Malatya International Film Festival – Best Film Nominee
31st Singapore International Film Festival - Asian Feature
21th Frankfurt Film Festival – Best Actor ve Cinematography Awards
20th Tirana International Film Festival – Best Film Nominee
10th Beijing International Film Festival – Best Asian Feature "

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Director Statement

"I believe that adolescence, that is, the period between the ages of 15 and 18, is one of the most conflicting phases of life. At the root of this conflict, I think, lies the struggle to reinvent oneself. We expect the attention we crave from our parents as children, from our peers and teachers as we mature. Being seen and noticed by them becomes the building blocks of the shaping process of our identity. This is a struggle to create one’s self. The heroine of the story, Cemre, combines the way of existing as a young woman with her dream of becoming a professional swimmer.

As someone who has been involved in professional swimming for many years, I believe that swimming is a representation of struggle and rebirth. The effort to build a healthy self in adolescence includes compromising with being visible. In this process, Cemre tries not to stand out while she creates herself with swimming. This precarious situation is made even more difficult by the warnings, bans and even harassment from the outside world.

Visually, I used a sincere camera that moves and breathes with Cemre, the protagonist of the movie. I wanted to support the visual language of the film with smooth camera movements that do not disturb the audience, while capturing a fluent narrative with moving shots. Throughout the film, I planned a visuality that isolates Cemre from the outside world by following her and getting closer to her. In this way, I hope to shed some light on Cemre's inner world."