Commitment Hasan (2021): Semih Kaplanoglu’s Drama, Iraq’s Entry for the Best International Feature Oscar (Cannes Fest)


Turkey has picked Commitment Hasan, a drama by Semih Kaplanoglu, to be its national representative in the running for the best international feature at the 94th Oscar Awards.


The film recounts the story of a fruit farmer who resists the imposition of an electricity pole in the middle of his garden.

It had its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in July of 2021.

It has since played at the Karlovy Vary, Jerusalem and Antalya Golden Orange festivals.

The first part of a planned trilogy, Commitment, was previously Turkey’s Oscar contender in 2019.

So too was Kaplanoglu’s 2010 film Honey.

Commitment Hasan is represented for international sales by Berlin-based Films Boutique.