where the mountain meets the sea


Aycil Yeltan

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Hearing impaired, homeless Gala escapes from a man who continuously abuses her. While her life becomes a routine in an abandoned old truck on a mountain road, she has no clue the abusive man finds out where her hiding place is.

One night, after a brutal attack, she finds the strength to stand up one last time and starts walking. She has no clue where this survival walk will end up and change her life forever!


Writer & Director
Aycil Yeltan

Director of Photography
Daniel DeForest

Gorkem Yeltan
Robert DeBitetto
Aycil Yeltan

Tolga Cebi

Costume Design
Terry Gordon

Post Production
Fono Film

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About Writer & Director
Aycil Yeltan

Aycil Yeltan earned her MFA in acting at CalArts. As a classically trained actress, she has performed in numerous stage productions both in the US and her home country Turkey. Recent years, Aycil played the role of Sasha in “Shirin in Love” by Iranian film director Ramin Niami and Turkish Film “We were Dining and I Decided” where she played one of the leads. The film screened in various Film festivals around the Globe and was nominated for the best first film award at Montreal World Film Festival. Her directorial debut “Marie Clementine” was invited to several film festivals and was nominated for the best short film at the Moving Picture Film Festival in Belgium in 2017.

“Topanga” is her second film she wrote , directed and produced.

Yeltan is also a classically trained musician. She plays the cello and sings.

News & Articles

Aycil Yeltan—The Artist and the Art

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival

Accolade Global Film Competition

Portland Short Film Fest

TIMETURK Short Film Awards

Violence Against Woman Short Film Awards

Rotary Club Turkey Short Film Awards

Topanga Movie Awards Poster