Turkey

Mustafa Kara – Kalandar Sogugu AKA Cold of Kalandar (2015)

Mehmet is a man living with his family in a mountain village in Black Sea. He earns his life breeding a few animals, while looking for a mineral reserve on the mountains but his pursuit is seen as useless by his family. Destroyed in search of a mineral reserve, his hope is renewed with the news of a competition. Read More »

    Melisa Önel – Kumun Tadi AKA Seaburners (2014)

    A harsh wintery scene on the Turkish Black Sea coast. Denise, a foreign botanist, has ended up here for research purposes. She stoically trudges through water knee-deep to get to the remote site where she cultivates her plants. With the same resolve and fearlessness, she also makes her way through the night to the secluded cabin where she meets her lover Hamit. He is a have-not who has only remained in this desolate region following a failed attempt to set up a livelihood abroad. And because of his relationship with Denise. It’s a dilemma, since Hamit cannot let her know that he works as a human trafficker, making a living by helping others flee to Europe. But Denise is tired of his mysterious behaviour. When she is called back to her home country and one of Hamit’s jobs spirals out of control, he makes a decision that ends in catastrophe. Read More »

      Memduh Ün – Üç arkadas AKA Three Friends (1958)

      Plot
      Three hopeless cronies from the slums help a blind panhandler girl who is homeless and hungry. The girl, an ingenue, brings a new hope to everyone’s life, especially to the one who falls in love with her. Read More »

        Suha Arin – Sisler Kovulunca AKA When the Fog is Swept Away (1986)

        Quote:
        When the Fog is Swept Away, The Houses and Craftsmen of Old (Eastern Black Sea Region) is documenting rapidly vanishing old houses and craftsmen for the new generations. Read More »

          Emre Yalgin – Teslimiyet aka Other Angels (2009)

          Plot
          Sanem is a working girl sharing a flat with three transvestites in Istanbul. Every day she dreams of a savior who will take her away. One day a young man named Gökhan moves into the neighborhood, and soon Sanem attracts his attention. This will be the beginning of a journey during which both will question each other and their choices in life. Read More »

            Atif Yilmaz – Egreti Gelin (2005)

            Synopsis
            Ali is 18. His feet are firmly off the ground. The very idea of marriage seems like a game. But the bride’s parents are ready and willing. Business ventures will be set up between the families; the arrangement will pay off all round. Ali, meanwhile, is more interested in playing with puppets and dressing up as a rooster for the travelling theatre. His fiancée has only so much patience… So what should his parents do? What was that? Hire a Borrowed Bride? Meaning exactly what? Well just that: borrow a bride, as the title of the film suggests… Read More »

              Zülfü Livaneli – Yer demir gök bakir AKA Iron Earth, Copper Sky (1987)

              Plot
              Villagers in an Anatolian hamlet dread the arrival of their landlord as there is no money to give him. In desperation they turn to the hated local headman. Tashbash is the only dissenter and when someone recognises him as a saint his life changes. Read More »