Kuma (The Second Wife)

★★★★ "A confident, powerfully acted debut feature" - Total Film

Director: Umut Dag

Writer: Umut Dag, Petra Ladinigg

Stars: Nihal Koldas, Begum Akkaya, Vedat Erincin, Murathan Muslu

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Ayse, a beautiful 19-year-old girl from the Turkish countryside, is chosen to be married to the Hasan, son of formidable and house proud mother Fatma, who resides in Vienna with her husband and children.

However, what soon becomes apparent is that Ayse is to be second wife to Fatma’s husband. This tight-knit family go to great lengths to preserve traditional values, and although polygamy is illegal in Austria, Ayse is welcomed. Yet, her presence in a country whose language and culture is entirely foreign to her immediately marks her as an outsider.

As Western societal norms and Muslim religious beliefs draw closer together in an ever diversifying family unit, tensions arise, resulting in an explosive stroke of fate.

Umut Dag’s mature feature debut is a rich tapestry of swirling emotions, suppressed desires, unspoken words and uncomfortable yet pressing social and political questions.


  • “Umut Dag's film deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as A Separation for its subtle understanding of human nature and the power of sacred traditions. A riveting domestic drama."
    - Daily Express
  • "Vividly convincing performances from this whole ensemble"
    - Sight and Sound

  • A confident, powerfully acted debut feature, unsparing in its scrutiny of oppressive ‘family values’
    - Total Film
Cast: Nihal Koldas, Begum Akkaya, Vedat Erincin, Murathan Muslu
Director: Umut Dag
Writers: Umut Dag, Petra Ladinigg
Country: Austria
Language: Turkish, German
Subtitles: English
Format: PAL
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Certificate: 12
Running Time: 93 mins
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD Release Date: 11-11-2013
VoD Release Date: 11-11-2013
DVD Extras: Interview with Director | Making Of | Short Film: Papa