Something Useful 

Something Useful

Why would someone like Leyla go to a high school reunion dinner? And take an overnight train to get there. After all, she hasn’t been to a single one for the last 25 years… What is Canan, a student nurse, doing on the train? Reluctantly going to an interview for a nursing job when she would like to be an actress instead. And Yavuz? He spends all day lying by the window watching the passing hawkers, horse carriages, and people. He is waiting for Canan, or maybe Leyla, or maybe a murderer and a poet who meet on a train one night.


A Turkey – France – Netherlands and Germany co-production, supported by Turkish Ministry of Culture, CNC, World Cinema Fund and the Netherlands Film Fund + Hubert Bals Fund co-production scheme.

Directed by 

Pelin Esmer

Written by 

Pelin Esmer, Barış Bıçakçı

Original Title 

İşe Yarar Bir Şey

  • Year 
  • 2016
  • Length 
  • 107'
  • Language 
  • Turkish
  • World Sales 
  • SineFilm
  • Director 
  • Pelin Esmer
  • Screenplay 
  • Pelin Esmer, Barış Bıçakçı
  • Cast 
  • Başak Köklükaya, Öykü Karayel, Yiğit Özşener
  • Producer(s) 
  • Sinefilm, Mars Production (Turkey)
  • Co-producer(s) 
  • Les Films de L'Après-Midi (France), mîtosfilm (Germany), Topkapi Films
  • Director of Photography 
  • Gökhan Tiryaki
  • Production design 
  • Elif Taşçıoğlu
  • Editor 
  • Evren Luş, Pelin Esmer
  • Casting 
  • Ezgi Baltaş
  • Sound design 
  • Cenker Kökten, Jan Schermer

    Credits are not contractual