Yilmaz Güney – Seyyit Han: Topragin Gelini AKA Bride of the Earth (1968)

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Synopsis:
Seyyit Han is a man with many foes. One day he falls in love with Mürsit’s sister, Keje. Mürsit is fine with them marrying, only on one condition: Seyyit Han has to get rid of his enemies to offer a decent life for Keje. Having set on a journey to do so, one day he victoriously returns to his hometown: the day Keje is marrying another man. Continue reading

Yilmaz Güney – Umut AKA Hope (1970)

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Plot Synopsis from AllMovie
In this bleak tragedy, a crude and illiterate man who drives a horse-drawn taxi survives his meager existence by hoping each day that this will be the day he wins the lottery. One day his coach is hit by a car, killing one of his two horses and damaging the buggy. Because the automobile driver has social standing, the traffic judge rules in favor of the automobile driver, and does not give the poor man any damages. Creditors soon remove everything from his house except the remaining horse and damaged buggy. Despairing, he strikes out at his family and anyone weaker than he is. Eventually, he joins a wandering “holy man” on a quest for desert gold, and goes mad in the process. Continue reading

Yilmaz Güney – ACI aka Pain (1971)

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Synopsis:

Ali grew up as an orphan in a village in Kapadokia and became one of Haceli´s henchmen who is the village´s mafia boss. On his orders Ali killed the young Avanos’ son Yasin and went to prison for 15 years. The film starts with Ali being released and returning to the village. He visits Yasin´s grave and then calls on the old Avanos and begs his forgiveness. Avanos refuses, his daughter Zeliha strikes Ali down with a log. Then they carry the unconscious Ali inside and tend to his wounds. Ali takes Yasin´s place and helps the old Avanos on the fields. Continue reading