Turkey

Selim Gunes – Kar Beyaz AKA White As Snow (2010)

The movie takes the audience on a journey through time by throwing light on the vicious cycle of an era, taking place at the beginning of the seventies. The director gives life to the story on screen by telling the story of a child, Hasan, who in the dilemma of poverty and deprivation of a small village is bound to life by the love to his mother. It shows, Hasan struggling to earn money by selling ‘ayran’ and how people around him sort out their problems with their own lives. (IMDb) Read More »

Yilmaz Atadeniz – Kilink soy ve öldür aka Kilink: Strip And Kill (1967)

Kilink turns one gang against another rival gang in order to get a precious microfilm and a big foreign treasure. This Turkish super villain film is absolutely wonderful. Read More »

Yilmaz Güney – Duvar (1983)

Synopsis:
Teens in a Turkish prison struggle to survive under hideous conditions. Made by dying Yilmaz Guney in France, after he escaped from a Turkish prison, enabling him to accept his award at Cannes for Yol (The Road). When the Turkish superstar leading man turned human rights activist, Guney was convicted for pro-Kurdish political activity and murder, by the Turkish military regime. Director/writer Guney’s last film, Duvar (The Wall), was banned in Turkey for 17 years. The incarcerated teens organize and fight back, brutalize each other, exult over the smallest triumph, while joking, suffering and learning from the inhumanity they wallow in. The prison also separately houses men and women, many played by other Turkish expatriates. Read More »

Banu Sivaci – Guvercin AKA The Pigeon (2018)

Quote:
‘Maverdi. Won’t you talk to them? Why are you not going over there? They are your kind.’

On a rooftop in Adana, Yusuf cares for the pigeons in his dovecote. His favourite bird is called Maverdi. To lure it even closer, he sometimes puts a seed between his lips for it to peck. The light grey pigeon is an outsider in the dovecote, just as Yusuf is in society, where he has to face ignorance and violence. The young man’s face rarely brightens up, and the pressure from his brother to go out to work makes things even worse. In her debut feature film, Banu Sıvacı evokes a genuine sense of empathy for the apparently fragile then fiercely rebellious loner who is fighting for a small joy that most people seem to begrudge him. Read More »

Lutfi Akad – Kanun namina aka In the Name of the Law (1952)

Ömer Lütfi Akad, aka Lütfi Ömer Akad, (b. 1916) is a Turkish film director, who directed movies from 1948-1974. In 1949, he debuted as a film director with Vurun Kahpeye (“Kill the Whore”) an adaptation of Halide Edip Adıvar’s book of the same title. He became one of the pioneers of the period in the “Director Generation”. The 1970s trilogy, The Bridge; The Wedding; and The Sacrifice, is considered his masterpiece. Afterwards, he withdrew from movie making instead directing adaptations for TV. Read More »

Seyfi Teoman – Apartman AKA Apartment (2004)

A young woman moves to her new apartment, where one of her new neighbors, a young man living alone, gets interested in her. (IMDb) Read More »

Yilmaz Güney – Agit AKA Elegy (1972)

Synopsis:
Coban and his four comrades are smugglers who live in the bleak, inaccessible mountains. They are hard, pitiless men like the county they live in, whose daily commerce is in greed, danger, betrayal and murder. Read More »