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

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

Zeynep Kececiler – Uzak Renk Ahenk AKA Harmony of Color in Far (2004) (DVD)

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Programme which aims to inform people on Kars and Ardahan region that has always played a role as a bridge in history between Anatolia and Caucasia, is composed of two serials each of them last 28 minutes. Programme has been prepared after a year long.
It aims to inform audience the different mosaic of these two cities that take place on the extremity points of Turkey. The rich structure of these mysterious cities of East, still protect their multicolor configuration in a kind of harmony pecular to them. Continue reading

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

Senem Tüzen – Ana Yurdu (2015)

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Nesrin, an urban upper-middle class woman, goes back to her parents’ old village in Anatolia to finish a novel and live out her dream of being a writer. When her conservative mother turns up uninvited and refuses to leave, Nesrin’s writing stalls and her fantasies of village life turn bitter. The two woman are forced to confront the darker corners of each other’s inner worlds.
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Esen Isik – Köpek AKA Koepek (2015)

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Esen Isik, who already won the prestigious “Quartz” in 2012 for Du&Ich, presented her debut feature film, Köpek, a glimpse at an Istanbul held prisoner by its own contradictions, at this year’s Zurich Film Festival. By portraying the everyday lives of three ‘marginal’ characters who fight to find love (or simply a glimmer of humanity) in a city that rejects them, Esen Isik paints us a portrait of an entire society that wants to be modern in spite of the preconceptions that risk choking it. Continue reading

Reha Erdem – Koca Dünya AKA Big Big World (2016)

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Ali and Zuhal take their first step out of the orphanage into this big world committing a crime. It becomes impossible for them to live amongst people now, and the forest they take shelter in becomes a desert island for them. A boy and a girl that were thrown out of the civilized world would live the entire human story from scratch.

Special Orizzonti Jury Prize
Venice Film Festival 2016 Continue reading