‘Paper Lives’ Trailer: Raising a Homeless Child in Turkish Netflix Film


Netflix has released the trailer for upcoming Turkish feature Paper Lives.

The film has Çagatay Ulusoy (The Protector, Insider) playing Mehmet, a man who runs a solid waste warehouse in an impoverished neighbourhood in Istanbul. He’s cherished in the community, due to his work providing help to homeless children and teens. Everything takes a turn when he meets an 8 year-old boy who was hidden in a waste sack. His initial desire to return the boy to his parents is soon affected as finds himself becoming attached to the child.

The potentially powerful film is directed by Can Ulkay, whose credits include acclaimed features Ayla (2017) and Muslum (2018). The screenplay comes Ercan Mehmet Erdem, writer of hit Turkish series Behzat Ç.: Bir Ankara Polisiyesi.

Take a look at the trailer and if you dig it, mark the date: Paper Lives will be streaming on Netflix from March 12th.


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