Turkey

Gürcan Keltek – Meteorlar (2017)

They come at night and everybody steps out. They light torches and remember those who have walked these streets before them. In the coming hours, the city will be on lockdown: an eclipse appears and meteors start to fall. Read More »

Atif Yilmaz – Dul bir kadin AKA A Divorced Woman (1985)

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Among those who made interesting women’s films in the 1980s, and in the centre of the controversy about a feminist cinema, was Atıf Yılmaz. “A Divorced Woman” is one of those films about a woman who in the past had no other role but being a pretty ornament and sex object. She discovers her new sexuality with another woman. And adaptation of Necati Cumalı´s story by the same name (note: his play “bir sabah gülerek uyan”), about a woman who frees herself from male-dominated conventions. Read More »

Ayse Toprak – Mr Gay Syria (2017)

Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul, living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria’s LGBTI movement and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream: to participate in an international beauty contest as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will the refugee crisis and the harsh consequences of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it to pieces? Read More »

Reha Erdem – Hayat var AKA My Only Sunshine (2008)

Hayat, her father and bedridden grandfather live in a riverside shack near the dangerously dark but breathtakingly beautiful waters of the Bosphorus. Hayat’s father owns a small boat that secures the family’s survival through a miscellany of not always lawful ventures. Beyond the motion and romance of the water, Hayat’s life is harsh and unrelenting. But Hayat has an instinct for survival. Her capacity for courage, endurance and hope in the face of these trials suggest that there is Life despite the manifold injustices of an unjust world. (IMDb) Read More »

Duygu Sagiroglu – Bitmeyen Yol AKA The Never Ending Road (1965)

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In Turkey in the 1960s, six unemployed friends struggle in life, some even driven to crime…

Bitmeyen Yol which is sometimes natural and sometimes lyrical, made in 1965 is Sagiroglu’s first and most successful directing experience also reflecting the highest stage of Turkish social realist movement. Telling the stories of migrant workers in diffic Read More »

Metin Erksan – Bir intihar aka A Suicide (1975)

“Isn´t suicide an introverted desire to kill?”

The man wants to die and the woman wants to be famous. According to the man, there could not be a better plan than the woman killing him. This way the man will get his wish to die and the woman will become famous. The man tries to convince the woman: “You are my killer and my life source.” The gun finally goes off and the interrogation of the woman begins. Read More »

Kalender Hasan – Tecahül-i Arif AKA About Arif (2016)

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Arif with Down syndrome has only one purpose in his life: dancing with a woman. But, all of the his neighbors know that Arif lives in an imaginary world.

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