Koca Dünya revolves around the story of an orphaned brother and sister, Ali and Zuhal, who are later separated when Zuhal is adopted by a family. When Ali finds out that the family is planning to make Zuhal their second bride, he commits a crime to save her. Leaving the city behind, they escape to the woods where nature really comes alive in all its details and the pair must learn how to live again.
As an Istanbul native, Reha Erdem studied history at Boğaziçi University and graduated from the cinema department at Paris 8 University. His first feature-length film was shot in 1989 as a French-Turkish co-production under the title Oh Moon. After that Erdem continued to write and shoot films, specifically Run for Money (1999), Mommy, I’m Scared (2004), Times and Winds (2006), My Only Sunshine (2008) and Kosmos (2009). Erdem’s first work to receive a major award, Big Big World, was shot in 2016 and features actors Saygın Soysal, Hakan Çimenser, Ayta Sözeri, Murat Deniz, Melisa Akman and Ecem Uzun.
This year the festival’s Golden Lion Award, the most prestigious prize, went to Filipino director Lav Diaz’s work on The Woman Who Left, a nearly four hour black-and-white film about the struggle of a wrongly convicted school teacher who must face the world after having been behind bars for 30 years. The Grand Jury Prize was given to Tom Ford’s thriller and second feature film Nocturnal Animals, which revolves around a gallery owner who is haunted by her ex-husband’s violent novel that is a little too personal, starring Rachel Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. Actress Emma Stone also took home the Best Actress Award for her role in La La Land.