Turkey

Seyfi Teoman – Tatil kitabi AKA Summer Book (2008)

Mustafa (Osman Inan) is a hard-working and ambitious agricultural merchant who is cold and austere towards his family. One day he has a brain hemorrhage on a business trip and goes into a coma after the operation. Guler (Ayten Tokun) is suspicious of her husband having an affair. Veysel (Harun Ozuag), their teenage son, wants to leave the military academy and study business administration. Ali (Tayfun Gunay), their 10-year-old son, has to cope both with his bully classmate and the chewing gums he has to sell. Hasan (Taner Birsel), Mustafa’s younger brother, chose to live a life in solitude after getting a divorce, and has always been an outsider to the family. But now, with his brother in coma, he finds himself involved in family affairs. Hasan has to solve the mystery about Mustafa’s mistress and the money lost during his trip. (IMDb) Read More »

Lütfi Akad & Memduh Ün – Üç tekerlekli bisiklet AKA The Tricycle (1962)

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In the absence of his father, a little boy and his mother live by themselves on a poor suburb for years. Boy impatiently waits his father’s return, till the day a wounded outlaw takes refuge in their home. Read More »

Yavuz Turgul – Ask Filmlerinin Unutulmaz Yönetmeni (1990)

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Hasmet, director of love stories, wants to make a film with a “social content”. He makes a deal with the producer Abdulkadir, yet the actress Mujde Ar doesn’t accept the leading role, as Hasmet expected. Hasmet gives the role to Jeyan. He starts to shoot with a very limited budget. In the meantime the producer Abdulkadir cheats everyone and runs away. Jeyan fancies Tarcan, who is the leading actor, but Hasmet himself is interested in Jeyan. He first fires both of the out of jealousy, but rehires them out of necessity. With great difficulties, he finally finishes the film. However, nobody appears in the gala and the crew does not like the movie at all. Hasmet feels suicidal, but a phone call brings him back to life: a producer wants him to make a romantic movie – just what he is the master of! Read More »

Filiz Alpgezmen – Yabanci AKA The Stranger (2012)

Ozgur is a young woman who is the daughter of a refugee family fled to France. She is born and raised in Paris. After her father Huseyin’s death, she comes to Istanbul to fulfill Huseyin’s last wish. He wanted to be buried in his own country. But because of September 12 military coup d’etat period, Huseyin is no more a Turkish citizen. So this happens to be a great obstacle for Ozgur. This will force Ozgur to a journey both in Istanbul and herself. In this journey Ozgur will meet with her father’s and mother’s relatives who are completely different people. Most importantly she will meet with Ferhat who will deeply effect her. This journey will become a confrontation with themselves and 2011’s Turkey for Ozgur and Ferhat. Read More »

Yavuz Turgul – Av mevsimi (2010)

The lives of three police are turned upside-down during a murder investigation. Read More »

Suha Arin – Tahtaci Fatma AKA Fatma of the Forest (1979)

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“Fatma of the Forest”, documentary,reflects life, longings and a major “fear” in the subconscious of a 12-years old “woodcutter” girl living under very hard conditions in the forest of Toros Mountains at an altitude of approximately 2000 m. The documentary, aiming to symbolize a little-known but common practice of child labour, accomplishes a dramatic portrayal of laborers who work for Ministery of Forestry totally deprived of social security. Read More »

Zeki Demirkubuz – Yazgi aka Fate: Tales About Darkness (2001)

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The first installment of Zeki Demirkubuz’s Tales of Darkness trilogy (which would subsequently include The Confession and The Waiting Room), Fate is perhaps his most fully realized adoption of themes inspired by his literary influences (and self-acknowledged personal favorite among his films to date), in this case, Albert Camus’s widely read, absurdist fiction, The Stranger. Fusing the essentiality of actors’ faces that characterize Robert Bresson’s cinema with the acute, muted humor of Darezhan Omirbaev (and on occasion, upending it, as in the case of an initially Kaïrat-like innocent encounter at a movie theater that soon escalates into awkward groping), Fate chronicles the strange turn of events in the life of a seductive, accommodating, and enigmatic junior customs clerk named Musa (Serder Orçin) who lives alone with his mother at a low rent apartment in Istabul following her death one day from natural causes. Read More »