Serdar Akar – Gemide AKA On Board (1998)

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A sequel to Laleli’de Bir Azize, and with the collaboration of practically the same team, Gemide is the story of four sailors who sit around the ship and spend their time smoking pot. Their routine life turns upside down when one of them gets mugged and badly beaten. Continue reading Serdar Akar – Gemide AKA On Board (1998)

Ömer Kavur – Anayurt Oteli AKA Motherland Hotel [Restored] (1987)

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Motherland Hotel (Anayurt Oteli) is a 1986 Turkish film directed by Ömer Kavur. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Yusuf Atılgan.

Zebercet owns a hotel in a small provincial town. He manages to keep it up with the help of one maid, a little girl who lives with him. One evening, one of the clients leaves the hotel, promising to return in a week. Haunted by the memory of the beautiful unknown, it leaves little to be gained by a little melancholy. Overwhelmed by his impulses, he refuses to take any clients, and closes the hotel. Continue reading Ömer Kavur – Anayurt Oteli AKA Motherland Hotel [Restored] (1987)

Yesim Ustaoglu – Bulutlari Beklerken AKA Waiting for the Clouds (2003)

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A woman in a village by the Black Sea seeks closure on her tangled past in “Waiting for the Clouds,” a timely, potentially resonant idea that makes it to the screen only half-formed. Third feature by Turkish helmer Yesim Ustaoglu, following her acclaimed sophomore outing “Journey to the Sun” (1999), is atmospheric at a visual level but unengaging on an emotional one, largely thanks to a bumpy script. Pic’s original, sensitive theme will attract some festival engagements, but specialized distribution looks to be thin, especially beyond Europe. Continue reading Yesim Ustaoglu – Bulutlari Beklerken AKA Waiting for the Clouds (2003)

Lütfi Akad – Hudutlarin Kanunu AKA The Law of the Border (1966)

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Set along the Turkish-Syrian frontier, this terse, elemental tale of smugglers contending with a changing social landscape brought together two giants of Turkish cinema. Director Lütfi Ö. Akad had already made some of his country’s most notable films when he was approached by Yılmaz Güney—a rising action star who would become Turkey’s most important and controversial filmmaker—to collaborate on this neo-western about a quiet man who finds himself pitted against his fellow outlaws. Combining documentary authenticity with a tough, lean poetry, Law of the Border transformed the nation’s cinema forever—even though it was virtually impossible to see for many years. Continue reading Lütfi Akad – Hudutlarin Kanunu AKA The Law of the Border (1966)

Yesim Ustaoglu – Tereddut AKA Clair Obscur (2016)

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“Clair Obscur” is the psychological dance of two women who are deprived of and distanced from their natural right to mature and discover themselves, to love and be loved, and to sustain a real relationship of their choosing. The social cost of these psychological wounds reverberates from micro to macro levels throughout society, rotting it from within. Continue reading Yesim Ustaoglu – Tereddut AKA Clair Obscur (2016)

Zeki Demirkubuz – Kor AKA Ember (2016)

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When her husband Cemal is arrested in Romania, Emine is left alone with their child who needs immediate surgery. She takes a job as a needle worker at a garment workshop where she comes across Ziya, her husband’s former boss. He can’t stay indifferent when he learns what the woman he once fancied is going through. When Cemal returns months later, he finds Emine working at the garment workshop and their son healthy. A hospital bill he accidentally sees reveals that Ziya has paid for the surgery and Emine hid this fact. Will Cemal, who already blames Ziya for what he went through and is extremely jealous of Emine, be able to confront this situation or choose to ignore it? Continue reading Zeki Demirkubuz – Kor AKA Ember (2016)